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Flood waters enter many areas with more rain expected
Cyclone Warning remains in place for Fiji

Flood waters enter many areas with more rain expected

Cyclone Warning remains in place for Fiji

By Vijay Narayan
Friday 29/01/2021
[Photo Credit: met.gov.fj/]

A Tropical Cyclone Warning remains in force for Fiji and the immediate concern is widespread flooding.

A flash flood warning remains in force for all low lying areas and small streams near major rivers in Viti Levu and Vanua Levu.

If you are living in a flood prone area, please move to high ground and don’t leave things to the last minute.

National Disaster Management Office Director, Vasiti Soko says people should move to their nearest evacuation centre now.

19 centres are open in the North and 1 centre is open in the west.

Viti Levu : A flash flood warning is in force for Tuva River in Sigatoka, low lying areas in Nadi and areas adjacent to Nadi Bridge, areas from Lautoka to Korovou, Wainimala and Wainibuka River, Lomolomo stretch to Sabeto flat, Nadi Back Road to Moala flat, Nakauvadra River from Vatukacevaceva to Rakiraki Town, Naqoro flat, Qalau flat, low lying areas along FSC Road, low lying areas for Tavua at Nasivi, low lying areas along Ba FSC, areas adjacent to Navala River and Toge River and areas near Keyasi River downstream to Sigatoka Town.

Vanua Levu : A flood warning remains in force for low lying areas and small streams next to Qawa River. Areas that are already affected are Dreketilailai, Boubale and Urata crossings; Vunivau stretch toward Vunika flat, Soasoa flat and Korotari flat.

A flash flood warning is also in place for Nabouwalu to Labasa, Nabouwalu to Kubulau, Dawara to Nabalebale Village along Wailevu West Coast Road, Nabalebale Village to Savusavu to Natewa and Tunuloa, Koroalau to Saqani to Labasa.

Expect damaging winds for Yasawa Group, Vanua Levu, Taveuni and nearby smaller islands.

A strong wind warning remains in force for Mamanuca Group, Viti Levu, Kadavu and Lomaiviti Group.

A heavy rain warning remains in force for the whole of Fiji.

Tropical Depression 05F is located East of Vanuatu or about 740km West North West of Nadi.

It is currently slow moving and is expected to track East then South East towards Fiji in the next 24 hours.

TD05F has a very high potential to intensify into a cyclone in the next 24 hours.

The associated active trough of low pressure is affecting us with active rainbands and strong to damaging winds.

Stay with us for updates.


5 people rescued by police officers

By Semi Turaga, Navitalai Naivalurua
Friday 29/01/2021
[image: Fiji Police]

5 people were rescued by police officers in Tavua last night while 4 people are missing.

NDMO Director Vasiti Soko says they are also thankful to the Navy Search and Rescue Team for their assistance in rescuing the 5 people.

She says the search is also continuing for 2 fishermen who were reported missing on Wednesday.

They had left Cikobia Village for Vunikodi Village in Macuata in a fibreglass boat.

Soko says 2 women have also been reported missing in Vatuwaqa.

The 2 women from Nakasi who went fishing yesterday were reported missing after they failed to return home.



Civil servants in non-essential areas and living in low lying areas can go home now

By Vijay Narayan
Friday 29/01/2021
Director of the National Disaster Management Office, Vasiti Soko.

Civil servants in non-essential areas and living in low lying areas can go home now.

NDMO Director, Vasiti Soko says this is to give time for people to prepare for the floods and the approaching system. Soko says civil servants are to liaise with their Permanent Secretaries.



Nadi River bursts its bank

By Naveel Krishant
Friday 29/01/2021
[Image: Richard Yogesh]

Nadi River has burst its bank near Navo.

The next high tide is at 6.58pm.

People are advised to take necessary precautions and not to drive in flooded areas.

Nadi Back Road from Korociri to the Pacific Energy Service Station is also flooded.

Nadi Bus Stand is also flooded.



Maritime Transport to be suspended from 6pm

By Vijay Narayan
Friday 29/01/2021

All maritime transport will be suspended from 6pm tonight.

NDMO Director, Vasiti Soko says this has been decided by the Maritime Safety Authority of Fiji.

Please secure your boats and do not go out to sea until the all clear is given.



No early curfew in place for now – NDMO

By Vijay Narayan
Friday 29/01/2021
[image: Fiji Police]

There is no decision on an earlier curfew due to widespread flooding.

National Disaster Management Office Director, Vasiti Soko says officials continue to monitor the situation and any changes will be known based on the situation on the ground.



Batinikama and Nakama roads in Labasa flooded

By Simione Tuvuki
Friday 29/01/2021

Batinikama and Nakama roads in Labasa have been closed due to flash flooding.

Batinikama resident, Mohammed Muveen says the road services four villages and settlements.

Muveen says a family has moved into the evacuation centre at Batinikama College as flood waters have entered their compound from Qawa River.

Nakama Road, Labasa is also flooded and closed.



Thousands of people facing water cuts in the Central Division

By Shanil Singh
Friday 29/01/2021
[Image: File Photo]

Thousands of people living in the Central Division are currently facing water cuts as the Waila Water Treatment Plant is having electrical issues.

This has affected supply to the Raralevu, Wainibuku and Upper Tovata water systems.

Affected areas include Raralevu, Rewa Depot, Wainibuku, Kalabu, Nasinu, Flagstaff, Tovata, Makoi, Cunningham, Sakoca, Khalsa, Tacirua, Dokanisuva and Colo-i-Suva.

The Water Authority of Fiji says their teams are working to rectify the issue and restore normal operations as soon as possible.

They are also urging Fijians to store water for at least 5 to 7 days in case of unexpected disruptions due to natural disasters.



145 people in 10 evacuation centres in the West

By Naveel Krishant
Friday 29/01/2021
[Image: Richard Kashyap]

Close to 145 people are currently sheltering in 10 evacuation centres in the Western Division.

Divisional Police Commander West, SSP Surend Sami says the evacuation centres are in Nadi, Rakiraki and Ba.

SSP Sami says they are ready to assist the people.

If you need assistance, you can contact the Western Command Centre on 9905457.



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