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General situation - 11:25am 26/01/12

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Heavy rainfall still continued for the whole parts of the Division. The Nadi River level is being closely monitored, predictions estimate it could peak at 8m at high tide tonight. Water level has risen again in Rakiraki, Ba and parts of Lautoka.

WEATHER FORECAST

An active trough of low pressure lies to the south of Fiji. It is expected to move back on to the country tomorrow. Associated cloud and rain continue to affect the group. Forecast to midnight tomorrow for the Fiji group: Further periods of rain, heavy at times and squally thunderstorms. Severe flooding of major rivers, streams and low-lying areas of Viti Levu is expected. Forecast specifically for Nadi / Lautoka / Ba: Further periods of rain, heavy at times and squally thunderstorm

PREPAREDNESS STATUS

All the Divisional and District Emergency Operation Centers (EOCs) have been activated. Police, Military and Civil Servants are manning the operation, the Divisional HODs have been briefed on the current situation and they have also activated their Emergency Operation and are to report to the Divisional Emergency Operations if there is a unique situation at hand.

All sectors have also activated their own standby teams i.e. Police Command Centre, Lautoka, DE Works, DMO Health, FEA, Telecom, WAF, DNR, and the Red Cross.

AT RISK AREAS

The vulnerable areas around the West that was at risk from flooding are the Ba, Tavua, Nadi and Lautoka, which have been flooded. The Police had been monitoring the high-risk areas and the general public had been advised not to cross flooded roads and crossings and to stay indoors.

SITUATION REPORTS

Currently, a total of 1,389 people have been evacuated to the 49 Evacuation Centers in the Division.

Ra Province

Water level remains in all areas mentioned earlier. Access roads remain closed. Stranded people in town are all sheltered in the office awaiting water level to recede; and these include 2 adults from Naivuvuni Village; 1 adult from Vitawa Village; 2 adults from Rakiraki Village.

Latest report received from Ra EOC that a family was evacuated from their home from settlement near FSC to Vatumami Settlement; 6 adults and 3 children.

The whole of Ra Province is still without power supply.

Lautoka District

Heavy rain from midday has worsened the situation in the District as floodwaters rose rapidly after the heavy downpour. Rivers and creeks have burst their banks. Parts of the main Kings Highway got flooded as drains gave way rising water.

Natabua Flats, Barara Flats, Sabeto Flats, Lovu Flats, Drasa Flats, Vitogo Naviyago Flats and Matawalu village are flooded from ankle deep to 3 feet water. Moreover, Matawalu Bridge on the main Kings Road is under 3 feet of water. Motorists are asked not to take risks as the currents are very swift.

Natabua Flats on the Queens Road is also risky and motorists are to take extra precautions. Civicivi Crossing in Drasa is under 20-30 feet of water and it is still rising.