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EASTERN DIVISION SCHOOLS REMAIN CLOSED

SCHOOLS in the three provinces of Lau, Kadavu and Lomaiviti Group remain
closed today while all school management have been advised to monitor the
weather situation with caution.
They have also been asked to make use their own discretion during worse case
scenarios in close consultation with the District Ofce.
“While the weather may be clear and fne here in Suva, we need to be reminded
that Tropical Cyclone Gita is currently gaining momentum in Tonga and has
developed to a Category 3 storm with future forecast to intensify to Category 4
tonight,” a statement released by the ministry of education said.
“Current trend shows that TC Gita will move towards Southern Lau tomorrow and
further intensifying to Category 4. This would result in damaging force winds over
most of the Lau group including Kadavu.”
“f need be, students are to stay home under the care of parents and must not be
allowed to play outside on open grounds. As the seas will be very rough, all are
advised against sea transportation. Parents, teachers and students are advised to
cautiously monitor the weather situation and make prudent decision for safety
reasons.”
School Heads and Management have been warned to take the following
precautions:
 All loose structures should be fastened and any overhanging tree branches
should be trimmed
 Temporary shelters should be dismantled and materials stored away safely
 Emergency kit (batteries, torch, matches, candle, solar light, knife, rope,
transistor radio, mobile phone, boots, rain coat, frst aid kit, dry rations
etc.) should be on stand-by
 Water tanks should be flled and secured properly
 All shutters should be placed over windows and doors, and other openings
to be sealed of properly
 Schools with boats should be moored safely on dry and raised areas
 For boarding schools, root crops should be trimmed
 All students should remain indoors in safe houses with supervision of teachers.

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