Dis­as­ter of­fice: Low pres­sure brings con­tin­u­ous rain­fall

Cool nights are on the way in the com­ing days as a re­sult

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The Na­tional Dis­as­ter Man­age­ment Of­fice is ad­vis­ing the public to act with cau­tion as a trough of low pres­sure brings con­tin­u­ous rain into the Fiji group. The Min­istry of Ru­ral and Mar­itime De­vel­op­ment and Na­tional Dis­as­ter Man­age­ment Per­ma­nent Sec­re­tary Meleti Bain­i­marama said that the con­tin­u­ous rain could cause flood­ing in flood prone ar­eas and ap­pro­pri­ate mea­sures should be taken ac­cord­ingly.

“For those that live near rivers, streams, water­ways, and those in low ly­ing ar­eas, you are re­quested to be watch­ful,” he said.

“Par­ents are ad­vised to keep chil­dren away from swim­ming in rivers and play­ing in flooded drains and to mon­i­tor their where­abouts at all times. “Flooded drains may lead to flooded roads. Mo­torists are re­quested to drive with care.

“We also ad­vice the public to boil all drink­ing water.” An im­prove­ment in weather is ex­pected as the trough weak­ens and moves away from the group with rain to ease from to­mor­row.

Fol­low­ing the trough, a cool change is ex­pected as a southerly wind flow ex­tends onto the coun­try from the South. This change sees show­ers con­fin­ing to the east­ern and in­te­rior parts of the larger is­lands while western and north­ern parts of the coun­try to ex­pe­ri­ence cool and sunny con­di­tions. Cool nights are on the way in the com­ing days as a re­sult. For Mariners: A strong wind warn­ing re­mains in force for Ya­sawa & Ma­manuca and south­west Viti Levu Waters. South to south­east winds 20 to 25 knots, rough seas with mod­er­ate south­west swells are fore­casted.

For mariners

For the rest of Fiji waters, South­east winds 15 to 20 knots can be ex­pected with mod­er­ate to rough seas. Mod­er­ate south­west swells. Vis­i­bil­ity will be poor in ar­eas of heavy rain. Mem­bers of the public are ad­vised to mon­i­tor weather re­ports at all times. For more in­for­ma­tion please con­tact the di­rec­tor Me­te­o­ro­log­i­cal Ser­vices, Ravind Kumar on 9905379 or ravind.kumar@met.gov.fj Source: DEPTFO News

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