Heavy rain causes school closures, over 200 in evacuation centres in Fiji

The Fiji Meteorological Service has a heavy rain warning still in place for the whole of the country after a weekend of flooding, although some floodwaters have receded.

Flood and flash flood warnings and alerts are also in place, including a warning for all flash flood-prone areas, small streams and low-lying areas of Vanua Levu and western Viti Levu, and an alert for all flash flood-prone areas, small streams and low-lying areas in the rest of Fiji.

All schools in the Northern, and Western education divisions, including Ovalau, will be closed on Monday due to adverse weather that has affected these areas.

On Sunday night, the education permanent secretary Selina Kuruleca said some schools are being used as evacuation centres.

“And most of the schools are deemed to be inaccessible due to broken Irish crossings [and] flooded waters, and flood-prone areas are still flooded even though the low tide [Sunday] afternoon, we had hoped for some relief,” she said.

“There are also reports of power outages, water cuts, and disruption to public transportation.

“Heads of schools in the mentioned education divisions and district are to closely work with school management committees to assess the status of your schools.”

National Disaster Management Offiice director Vasiti Soko said as of midday on Sunday, about 12 evacuation centres were open in the west, sheltering about 230 people.

“Some of the evacuation centres that were opened [Saturday] night have closed early [Sunday] morning as families have safely returned home once floodwaters receded.”

Also in her statement on Sunday, she said there had not been any reported cases of injury or casualty.

Fiji police said officers are on standby to assist, and people can reach out to the Divisional Command Centers if they need help.

According to the news on Radio New Zealand

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