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Information Source: Fiji Village/NDMO/Fiji Police/Fiji Roads Authority
The latest news today from Fiji after Category 1 Tropical Cyclone Josie caused widespread flooding in the weekend on the country’s biggest island, Viti Levu. Nadi and Nadi airport are located on the western side of the island.
Police have reported that five people are already confirmed dead after their bodies were found on Sunday, according to Fiji Village. Police are still searching for a 19-year-old man and a 7-year-old boy who went missing in the flood waters over the weekend. The 19-year-old was trying to cross a flooded area.
Category 1 Tropical Cyclone Josie brought widespread flooding to parts of the western half of Fiji’s Viti Levu.
More than 1000 people are still staying in evacuation centres after their homes were severely damaged by flash floods in the weekend, according to Fiji Village. Director of the National Disaster Management Office, Anare Leweniqila says the evacuation centres are still open in Sigatoka, Navosa, Nadi, Lautoka, Ba and Tavua. He says they have provided rations to the evacuees for two days.
Leweniqila says the Commissioner Western’s Office have also started distributing rations to the affected areas. He says the total number of people affected and the total cost of damage to the key sectors are still being assessed by the Commissioner Western’s Office.
Police teams from the west and central divisions also continue with the response and recovery work.
Meanwhile, Fiji’s National Disaster Management Schools in the Western Division from Rakiraki to Nadroga Navosa have remained closed to date until further assessments and determinations can be made on schools’ reopening. The Ministry of Education will provide regular updates on school status and reopening.
The Fiji Roads Authority advise that some roads are now open.
Yesterday: Fiji Prime Minister
The severe effects of Tropical Cyclone Josie are a brutal reminder of the reality of climate change. I will continue to fight for Fijians here at home as we recover from this crisis, and on the global stage as President of @COP23 to address the root causes of our changing climate pic.twitter.com/hxSvNtC7Ny
— Frank Bainimarama (@FijiPM) April 3, 2018