Fiji flooding after Tropical Cyclone Josie hit Fiji’s main island of Viti Levu, only days before this next wave of storm and a possible cyclone. Photo credit: Good Day Bread for Life Australia.
Sunday 8 April 3:30pm Fiji MetService Cyclone Update
As anticipated in this information on Friday, tropical depression currently tracking towards Fiji and expected to intensify into a tropical cyclone. Tropical Cyclone Alert now in force for Fiji’s Viti Levu, Yasawa and Mamanuca group, Kadavu and nearby smaller islands, Lomaiviti and Southern Lau group. A strong wind warning remains in force for all land areas and waters of Fiji. Heavy rain warning in force for all Fiji.
Fiji’s Prime Minister Josaia Voreqe Bainimarama addressed the nation on Friday urging people to be fully prepared for more severe storm weather across the country. This comes days after Tropical Cyclone Josie brought heavy rains and severe flooding to Viti Levu, leaving at least five dead.
Meterologists forecast that a tropical depression lying to the fast west of Fiji near Vanuatu, has a high chance of developing into a tropical cyclone within the next 24-48 hours.
Rain and thunderstorms is expected for the whole of Fiji. Flooding of rivers, streams and low lying areas is possible. A strong wind warning is also in force for land areas of Western Viti Levu, Yasawa and Mamanuca group, Vanua Levu, Taveuni and nearby smaller islands and Northern Lau group.
A strong wind warning remains in force for the Fiji waters. Seas will be rough.
Fiji Village are reporting early Saturday morning that two casualties are confirmed, as flooding rises again at the Western Division. They report that Police have confirmed more than 190 people are now in evacuation centres.
President Bainimarama urged people in Fiji to play close attention to the media and weather warnings and advice from disaster management authorities. He says there are evacuation centres ready to take care of people, if they feel unable to withstand the storm on their own. He advises people to avoid any swollen rivers and stay out of floodwaters altogether.
Your personal safety and that of your family is paramount…Do not try to drive through water covering the road. I also urge every Fijian to please take special care to ensure those who are vulnerable, including children and the elderly, are kept as far away as possible from flooded areas and out of harm’s way.
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Speech Transcript – Source: FijiVillage
Every Fijian should remain on high alert and adhere to the advice of authorities as we prepare for more severe weather across the country.
Projections indicate we have a new cyclone forming to the west of Fiji that poses yet another serious threat to the lives of our people and the health of the Fijian economy. As we’ve seen due to changing weather patterns, these storms are becoming more frequent and more severe, and it is vitally important that every Fijian is fully prepared for this fresh onslaught.
We are already providing relief and rehabilitation in those areas already hit by Tropical Cyclone Josie. And we have no way of knowing exactly where the next storm will strike, so we must all be prepared and alert.
I urge you all to pay close attention to the media and the warnings and advice that will be given in the coming days. Make sure your property is as secure as you can make it. If you have any doubt about its ability to withstand the storm, we have evacuation centres ready to take you.
Your personal safety and that of your family is paramount. Please avoid any swollen rivers and stay out of any floodwaters altogether. Do not try to drive through water covering the road. I also urge every Fijian to please take special care to ensure those who are vulnerable, including children and the elderly, are kept as far away as possible from flooded areas and out of harm’s way.
This has been a very trying time for Fijians who are still reeling from the severe weather we experienced earlier this week. All of my government’s efforts are being directed at assisting those Fijians already affected. We have been on the ground providing relief and we will continue to provide immediate support to those Fijians experiencing the continued rains and flooding this weekend.
I repeat: Be prepared, stay safe, listen out for regular updates on the weather conditions and follow the instructions of disaster management officials. If you are being affected, know that help is on the way.
May God bless us all and bless our beloved Fiji.