9 June, 2023, 12:12 am Central - 20°C Clouds

TC Bina downgraded to a depression however heavy rain, damaging wind and flood warning remains in place

TC Bina downgraded to a depression however heavy rain, damaging wind and flood warning remains in place

By Vijay Narayan , Naveel Krishant
Monday 01/02/2021
[Image: Fiji Meteorological Service]

Tropical Cyclone Bina has been downgraded to a depression however we will still experience heavy rain, damaging winds and flooding.

The Nadi Weather Office says the depression is located 300 kilometres North West of Yasawa-I-Rara, and is moving South East at about 33 kilometres per hour.

As predicted, Bina is moving fast and has weakened.

A tropical cyclone warning remains in place for Fiji as the effects of Cyclone Ana remain.

Acting Director for the Nadi Weather Office, Terry Atalifo says the associated weather with Cyclone Ana is still bringing rain and strong and damaging winds to Vanua Levu, Rakiraki to Nausori, Lau and Lomaiviti Group.

TC Ana is located to the South South West of Matuku and continuing to track out of Fiji however Atalifo says we are not out of the woods yet as flooding and strong winds remains a concern.

Expect strong winds and heavy rain for the Eastern half of Viti Levu โ€“ from Rakiraki, Tailevu, Nausori and Suva, the Western half of Vanua Levu, Kadavu and nearby smaller islands, Beqa, Lomaiviti and Moala Group, Vatoa and Ono-i-Lau.

Impacts will be minor damages to weak structures, minor damages to houses of very light materials in exposed communities, damages to crops and vegetation with trees tilting due to damaging winds.

Expect periods of rain, heavy at times and a few thunderstorms.

This will continue to bring floods to our roads, villages, towns and communities near streams, rivers and low lying areas. Expect moderate to heavy swells and breaking waves reaching the coastal areas that may cause possible coastal inundation and sea flooding especially during high tide.

More than 10,000 people in evac centres

More rain and flooding expected
By Vijay Narayan
Monday 01/02/2021
[Photo: Fiji Police Force]

10,259 people are currently staying at 318 evacuation centres around the country as strong winds and flash flooding remains a concern.

1230 people are at 74 evacuation centres in the Central Division, 2,530 people are at 75 evacuation centres in the Western Division, 5,766 people are at 155 evacuation centres in the Northern Division while 733 people are at 14 evacuation centres in the Eastern Division.

Please ensure that you take action early if you are living in a flood prone area or your housing structure is weak as more rain and flooding is expected this afternoon into tonight.

Wailea and Nanuku settlements in Vatuwaqa suffer severe flooding

By Simione Tuvuki
Monday 01/02/2021
Suruj Kaur and husband in tears.

People living in Wailea and Nanuku settlements in Vatuwaqa suffered severe flooding during Cyclone Ana.

Wailea resident, Suruj Kaur says they had lost almost everything in the flood.

Kaur says their floor, bedding and furniture have been badly damaged.

She says their neighbour whose house is on high ground had come to their rescue and they offered them food and bedding after the flood.

Flood waters still remain in and around some of the houses in Wailea.

A few houses close to the sea in Nanuku Settlement also suffered severe flooding.

Flood waters are still in and around homes in parts of Nausori

By Priteshni Nand
Monday 01/02/2021
[Photo Credit: Jiten Singh]

Flood waters are still in and around most of the houses in Lal Singh Road in Waila and Duilomaloma in Nausori.

There is about 2 feet of flood waters in 6 houses in the area.

Our reporter on the ground, Jai Prasad says the water is slowly receding.

Jiten Singh of Chandar Prasad Road of Waila Nausori says there is waist level water in their house.

They had moved to the second storey of the house last night.

Rakiraki residents prepare for more flooding

By Priteshni Nand
Monday 01/02/2021
[Photo Credit: Hazrat Ali - 01/02/2021, 12:00PM]

Flood waters have receded in Wairuku Settlement, Naqoro flats and Rakiraki Town.

Advisory Councilor of Wairuku Settlement, Hazrat Ali says areas like Mead Road in Rewasa and Korotale crossings are still flooded.

Ali says people have started their clean up and are preparing for the low pressure system that is moving towards Fiji.

North residents affected by TC Ana, and continue to experience strong winds

By Priteshni Nand
Monday 01/02/2021
Naodamu Housing - [PC: Mere Baba Bului]

It is now raining heavily and people are experiencing strong winds in Tabia, Labasa and Seaqaqa.

A resident, Abdul Sayed says the roofs of a few houses in Seaqaqa have blown away and flood waters have started to rise due to heavy rain.

Stay alert and stay with us as we will continue to provide you with the latest updates.

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