14 Mar 2015

Fiji remains on cyclone Pam watch

6:46 am on 14 March 2015

Fiji emergency authorities are still on standby, despite the likelihood of them not feeling the full brunt of Tropical Cyclone Pam.

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Earlier the military had sent personnel to 20 flood prone areas around the country and placed up to 300 troops on high alert in preparation for the effects of the huge storm.

However it is currently bearing down on Vanuatu and not moving towards Fiji.

But Acting Director for the National Disaster Office Akapusi Tuifagalele says weather can be unpredictable.

"There has not been any clearance yet given by our meteorological office. We will continue the monitoring and the manning. Here at the National Emergency Operations Centre we are on a 24 hour basis likewise all our divisional commissioners and our other important sectors like the military the Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Health."

Mr Tuifagalele says the thoughts of the people of Fiji are with their Vanuatu brothers and sisters.