Schools re­main open: Min­is­ter Reddy

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Schools will re­main open today but it’s up to par­ents to de­cide whether it’s safer to keep their chil­dren at home. Min­is­ter for Ed­u­ca­tion Mahendra Reddy gave this ad­vice last night as more heavy rain warn­ing was given by the Fiji Me­te­o­rol­ogy Ser­vices. Mr Reddy said: “We are urg­ing par­ents to judge for them­selves whether it’s safe to send their child to school given the road/weather con­di­tion. If par­ents feel that WKHUH LV D FKDQFH RI aeRRGLQJ RU there are any safety is­sues then they must use their dis­cre­tion and take nec­es­sary pre­cau­tions.” He said his min­istry was closely mon­i­tor­ing the sit­u­a­tion and there would be reg­u­lar as­sess­ments. Heavy rain hit many parts of the coun­try yes­ter­day but there were QR UHSRUWV RI aeRRGLQJ RU URDG FOR­sures.

Fiji Me­te­o­rol­ogy Ser­vices di­rec­tor Ravind Ku­mar said: “The pe­ri­ods of heavy rain is ex­pected till late Tues­day night or early Wed­nes­day morn­ing with stormy thun­der­storms in Ba, Labasa, Lau­toka, Nabouwalu, Nadi, Nau­sori, Navua, Raki­raki, Savusavu, Si­ga­toka and Tavua. “For Tave­uni and Ro­tuma, oc­ca­sional rain and few thun­der­storms are likely. Ø0HDQZKLOH aeRRG DOHUW LV QRZ LQ force for all low ly­ing ar­eas and small streams ad­ja­cent to ma­jor rivers for the whole of Fiji. “An ac­tive trough of low pres­sure re­mains slow mov­ing over Fiji.

“As­so­ci­ated cloud and rain is ex­pected to af­fect the group till later to­mor­row,” Mr Ku­mar said. Mr Ku­mar ad­vised the pub­lic to be care­ful with their move­ments and driv­ing in the wet con­di­tions. “They are also ad­vised to take weather fore­cast and warn­ings se­ri­ously, keep up­dated with the lat­est weather in­for­ma­tion and are pre­pared for un­ex­pected weather con­di­tions at all times. “Peo­ple are also re­minded to be cau­tious and alert if they are liv­ing in low ly­ing ar­eas that are SURQH WR aeRRGLQJ Ù

Mean­while, a fallen tree in Coloi-Suva caused a power black-out in the area last night. When the Fiji Sun team ar­rived at the scene, only one lane was open to ve­hi­cles. A fallen power line was no­tice­able on the side of the road. Mem­bers of the pub­lic are ad­vised to treat all fallen Fiji Elec­tric­ity Au­thor­ity power-lines as live.

Call 13233 to re­port any fallen power lines.

Photo: Vil­imoni Va­ganalau

A fallen tree downs power lines at Colo-i-Suva last night, caus­ing parts of the area to ex­pe­ri­ence power cuts.

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