8 Apr 2018

Bad weather continues in Fiji

7:19 am on 8 April 2018
Threat track map for tropical depression expected to develop into a cyclone.

Threat track map for tropical depression expected to develop into a cyclone. Photo: Fiji Met Service

People living in low lying or flood prone areas in Fiji's Western Division are being advised to move to higher ground as bad weather continues to affect the country.

Fiji Village online said an active trough of low pressure remains slow moving over Fiji and this is expected to result in heavy rain and flooding.

The Met Service said the low pressure was expected to affect Fiji till today and then the effects of a tropical depression will begin.

A cyclone warning has also been issued for Fiji as the tropical depression approaches the country, which is expected to develop into a tropical cyclone.

Commissioner of the Western Division, Manasa Tagicakibau, said people need to secure their belongings and move to a safe place if they know they are in danger.

Mr Tagicakibau said the main message to the public is safety which is paramount and also the public should take heed of all the warnings.

He said officials want people to move into evacuation centres if their homes are not safe, especially during the night.

He's also calling on people to avoid crossing flooded areas.

Rivers are still swollen after Cyclone Josie and a week of rain that followed, crops have been destroyed and hundreds of people in temporary shelters.

Two-hundred and twenty-three local government personnel are currently on the ground assisting people to move to safety.

Satellite image of the tropical depression heading to Fiji.

Satellite image of the tropical depression heading to Fiji. Photo: Fiji Met Service