OCHA Situation Report No. 1
Floods - Fiji
This situation report is based on information received from the United Nations Resident Coordinator's office in Suva, Fiji, OCHA Regional office for Asia and the Pacific and media reports.
1 Following heavy rains on 28 September, there has been severe flooding. The National Disaster Management Center-DISMAC was activated at 0900 hours on Thursday 29 September 2005 to monitor and coordinate the prolonged rain and eventual flooding. Divisional and District EOCs in the Central Division were also activated to monitor and coordinate the evacuation of those affected by the flooding.
2 Strong wind warning remains in force for Kadavu passage and Southern Lau waters. A trough of low pressure with associated cloud and rain remains slow moving over the Fiji group. In view of the continuous improvement in the weather situation, stand down instructions for District Emergency Operation Centres (Korovou, Navua, Vunidawa, Tailevu) were issued. The Emergency Services personnel, with Police, Fire, St John, and Red Cross continue operations. However, the Met Department fears likely continuation of more rains for next two days.
3 The Government has not requested international assistance up to this date. The Prime Minister has emphasized that government's priority is to protect the lives of people as well as properties.
4 About 16 evacuation centres remain open. These are in Naitasiri, Suva, Rewa, Serua, Tailevu, and Namosi. There has been one fatality. A 20 year old boy drowned at a flooded crossing at Domain Road.
5 Information on the flooding can be found on the Fiji Meteorological website: http://www.met.gov.fj/
6 OCHA is in close contact with the UN Resident Coordinator's Office in Suva, Fiji and its Regional office for Asia and the Pacific in Bangkok and will revert with further information as it becomes available. This situation report, together with further information on ongoing emergencies, is also available on the OCHA Internet Website at http://www.reliefweb.int.
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