Take Caution and Stay Informed
National Disaster Controller and Permanent Secretary for Rural and Maritime Development and National Disaster Management, Mr. Meleti Bainimarama, is advising the public to take caution and to stay informed as Tropical Disturbance 04f brings heavy rain and is expected to develop into a Tropical Depression in the next 48 hours.
He said “At this moment there is a 25-50% chance that a cyclone could form in Fiji waters and the National Disaster Management Office is closely monitoring the situation. Right now we are asking members of the public to take caution and be alert”.
“Parents are to monitor the whereabouts of children and safeguard children from playing in flooded drains or waterways.”
“Movements at night during darkness is advised to be considered with wisdom”.
“Those living in flood prone and low-lying areas should be aware of tides and be watchful for any possible flooding as heavy rain may coincide with high tides”.
“Compounds should be cleared off any debris and tree tops should be trimmed as a precautionary measure.”
“Mariners are advised to adhere to wind warnings and to refrain from travelling in small boats in open seas.”
Mr. Bainimarama also said that there is a chance that a tropical cyclone could form in Fiji waters and this is an opportunity to practice lessons learned from past natural disasters and to improve status of preparedness because the safety of all Fijians is paramount.
The National Emergency Operation Center can be contacted on 3319250.