Fiji – Tropical Depression (Fiji Met. Services, NDMO, WMO, Local Media) (ECHO Daily Flash of 16 December 2016)

  • Due to a Tropical Depression that is passing near the Fiji islands, heavy rain and strong winds have been affecting most areas of the country, especially the Central and Eastern divisions, causing floods and landslides. Approx. 226 mm of rain in 24 h were recorded in Nausori (Central division, Viti levu island) over 15-16 December.
  • Local media, as of 16 December early morning (UTC), reported that 282 people have been evacuated, of which 120 in the Eastern and 162 in the Central divisions. Traffic has been disrupted and power cut off in several parts of these divisions.
  • Over the next 48 h, the Tropical Depression will continue to move near the eastern side of Fiji islands. Heavy rain and strong winds may continue to affect most of the country. As of 16 December early morning (UTC), Heavy Rain and Flood Warnings are in effect for the whole country.