Due to improving conditions, this will be the final update from MINFO for the evening. The situation is continuing to be monitored, and if the situation or weather changes an update will be provided.
A shallow tropical depression was located over northern Lau at 3pm today. It is currently slow moving but expected to drift slowly towards the southeast.
At this stage it is NOT expected to develop into a tropical cyclone within the Fiji waters.
Forecast to midnight tomorrow for the Fiji group.
Occasional rain, heavy at times and few thunderstorms over Vanua Levu, Taveuni and Lau group.
Occasional showers over the Lomaiviti group, the interior and eastern parts of Viti Levu.
Elsewhere, the outlook is fine apart from evening showers with possible thunderstorms.
The Ministry of Provincial Development and Multi Ethnic Affairs permanent secretary, Inia Seruiratu, confirmed the declaration of Natural Disaster for parts of the Western Division today. The declaration is effective for a period of 15 days from January 2012, unless revoked earlier.
The areas that have been declared a state of natural disaster are:
Ra Province: Rakiraki Tikina areas and Nakoro Tikina areas
Tavua District: Yaladro Flats, Korovou Village, Balata areas, Natawa areas, Yasiyasi Flats and Tavua village
Ba District: Ba Town area, Wailailai area, Votua Flats, Namosau area, Koronubu areas and Rarawai areas
Lautoko District: Sabeto Flats, Barara Flats, Natabua Seaside Flats, Vitogo Flats, Naiviyago Flats, Paipai Flats, Lovu Flats and Drasa Flats
Nadi District: Nadi market, Nadi Bus Stand, Andrews Road, Hospital Road, Raniga Street, Korociri Settlement, Nawaijikuma Settlement, Navakai Flats, Moala Village and Moala Flats
Nadroga Province: Semo Village, Lomawai Village, Naveisabasaba Village, Nalele Village, Cuvu Flats and Nalovo areas
The operation centre at Korovou has been temporarily closed due to the normal situation there.
Movement of traffic had been opened from Korovou to Wainibuka.
Police at Korovou are still monitoring the situation in the district, given weather reports.
Assistant Divisional Officer Naitasiri has confirmed that water has receded in many places in the province and roads are accessible to all traffic except Nasi Bridge, which is still under water.
SERUA / NAMOSI
The situation is now normal in the provinces.
Water levels in Rewa are receding and roads are opened to all traffic except Naganivatu Bridge and the Waila feeder road, which is still under water.
WATER AUTHORITY UPDATE
The following is the latest update on Water Authority of Fiji's report on damages and repair works:
North: Workers are removing the debris blockage at Nasealevu intake that is currently reducing the amount of flow into Benau treatment plant. Areas affected are still facing low pressure and intermittent supplies at higher level areas as in Batinikama,Vunivau and Basoga
Western: Some disruptions still continue.
In Sigatoka, many areas are receiving normal water supply, though higher areas are experiencing disruptions.
In Nadi, no complaints have been received so far, and the water supply is normal in Nadi.
In Lautoka, some parts are still facing water disruptions due to damage caused by flood waters at Nalau and Buabua dam.
The Varaqe intake was also blocked by debris this morning which has reduced the inflow into Saru Treatment Plant.
Repair works are underway to restore water supply in the area.
Areas that were affected include those along the King’s Road from Vunato Bridge to Matawalu village, part of Tomuka, Wairabetia, Viseisei Back Rd, Vuda Back Rd, Natabua, Navula, Field 40, Saru Back Rd, Rifle Range and Banaras.
Three trucks are carting water to the affected areas.
Ba: There is still no power in the area. Pump stations are down and reservoirs are empty. Trucks are carting water to the affected areas.
Tavua: There is still no power at the treatment plant at Nasivi. Generators were used to run the pumps to fill up the plant and some areas including the hospital are slowly receiving water this morning.
Rakiraki: Power has been restored at Rakiraki last night and residents are slowly receiving water once again, including the hospital and town areas.
Schools remain closed, and tourist areas continue to be largely unaffected. There have been no major cancellations of hotel bookings by tourists.
As 3PM today, there was a total of 62 evacuation centres still operational throughout the whole of the Western Division. Of these, there 29 schools being used containing a total of 2, 369 adults and 2,037 children. This is a total of 4,406 people utilizing the 62 evacuation centres in the Western Division. Only four evacuation centres have been closed: two in Nadi and two in Korovou.