The Western Division remains on alert as Tropical Cyclone Pam moves near the Fiji Group.
Divisional Commissioner Western Manasa Tagicakibau highlighted that preparations and monitoring activity have taken place across the division.
All government and business stakeholders have been alerted and have begun taking the necessary precautionary measures and we have had a briefing of all divisional heads of departments and also at various district levels, ” he said.
We want to ensure that people are well prepared so that we do not lose any lives and have minimal damages to our homes and we have started moving around to check on those areas which are prone to flooding and have discussed with them.
He said the main aim for the division was to be better prepared through a coordinated and effective response from the government. He visited all government stations in Nadroga, there Nadi, Lautoka, Ba, Tavua, Rakiraki and Nadarovatu and what is expected of every civil servant during such emergency operations.
We are all aware of the amount of rain that TC Pam will bring and we are all gearing towards better preparing ourselves to ensure the safety of all around us, Lt. Col Tagicakibau said.
The Minister for Rural and Maritime Development and Disaster Management Hon. Inia Seruiratu today attended a briefing session in Nadi. He is visiting all towns and cities in the Western Division to look at the preparations undertaken.
Nadi, which is prone to flooding, was one of his stops where he was briefed by the District Officer Nadi Jiuta Waqavonovono. He also visited the Fiji Meteorological Service in Nadi before proceeding to Lautoka, Ba, Tavua and Rakiraki and Tailevu before returning to Suva tonight.