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Fiji Times News, 16 January 2015. The buzzing alert of an expected natural disaster is an indication of the urgent need of preparation and readiness. In any disaster scenario, when situations like this arise, people have been reminded to put together an emergency kit consisting of non-perishable food items, drinking water, first aid supplies, camping gear, a torch and a portable radio. Cyclone visiting months for Fiji are from November to April there is no excuse to take warnings lightly many...
Fiji Times News, 28 December 2014. Cabinet is expected to make a decision on the declaration of an environmental emergency in certain public places in Suva that have been affected by the waste water spillage. National Disaster Management director Manasa Tagicakibau said the declaration of a disaster risk area would give them more legal power to enforce advisories and keep people out of the water. People have been advised not to swim and fish in the sewage contaminated ocean and coastline along...
Fiji Times News, 27 December 2014. People have been urged to take heed of fire safety advice during the holidays. People are asked to handle fire ignition sources with great care to avoid unnecessary burning up of homes. The NFA (National Fire Authority) cautions parents to watch their children closely especially in the use of matches/lighters/candles/diya/fire crackers and never leave them alone without adult supervision. Fire incidents can happen to anyone but they also can be avoided if you...
Fiji Times News, 10 February 2015. Changes in climatic conditions and increases in weather variability affect human wellbeing, safety, health and survival in many ways. A warmer climate is expected to both increase the risk of heat-related illnesses and death and worsen conditions for air quality. Climate change will likely increase the frequency and strength of extreme events such as droughts, floods and storms that threaten human safety and health
Fiji Times News, 29 December 2014. Some places in the Central and Eastern divisions experienced minor flooding following heavy rain. There were reports of temporary road closures in Nausori after they were covered with water from overflowing drains. The National Weather Forecasting Centre said heavy rain was expected in the interior and eastern parts of Viti Levu with southeast winds which was expected to cause rough seas
Fiji Times News, 28 December 2014. Flash floods were experienced in some parts of the Central Division as a result of the heavy rain. In the Central Division, families in flood prone areas like River Road, Narere and some parts of Nausori experienced flooding. The National Weather Forecasting Centre has forecasted thunderstorms and heavy rain in most parts of the country which can cause flooding in low lying areas
Fiji Times News, 9 January 2015. The National Disaster Management Office (NDMO) received a timely boost with a $50,000 assistance through the Fiji Red Cross Society from the Australian government. Apart from the $50,000 to the Fiji Red Cross Society, the Australian Government also handed over communications equipment worth $27,830 to the NDMO office to assist its staff in their duties during natural disasters
Ministry of Information News, 9 February 2015. Nineteen key stakeholders met today at the Department of the National Disaster Management Office (NDMO) to participate in the PacWave 15 biennial meeting in the form of a "table top exercise". The exercise aims to test the new Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre’s (PTWC) enhanced products providing an opportunity for Pacific countries to test their new products and review their tsunami response procedures. The NDMO Assistant Director, Mr...
Ministry of Information News, 4 February 2015. Work continues into the Planning of the Nadi Flood Control Structure Project in the Western Division by the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) Study team. The Government of Japan and the Fijian Government signed a Memorandum of Agreement last year for the study of the Planning of the Nadi Flood Control Structure Project to address the management of flooding. The Ministry of Agriculture as the implementing agency had conducted a Joint...
FBC News, 9 February 2015. More villages will be relocated due to rising sea levels caused by climate change. Fiji’s climate will become warmer, dry seasons will be drier, rainfall and tropical cyclones will increase. Around 800 communities in Fiji have been impacted by climate change. 45 will have to be relocated in the next 5 to 20 years. These are coastal communities from the maritime islands and those on major river banks
Fiji Times News, 12 February 2015. Rain conditions over the Western and Northern parts of the country will remain until the end of the week. Fiji Meteorological Services acting director Aminiasi Tuidraki said an active trough of low pressure with associated cloud and rain band lying over the country was causing the heavy downpours. Flash flooding will occur in flat areas, low lying areas and because of narrow creeks and blockage of drain in towns and cities
Fiji Times News, 16 January 2015. A heavy rain alert is in force over the country as a wide rain band from a trough of low pressure located to the West South-West hovers over the country. The rain band is very broad which is why most parts of the country will experience showers. As for flooding in certain areas, there will be some flash flooding in small creeks and drains but the rain we'll experience is not to the intensity where river catchments will burst
Fiji Times News, 10 February 2015. The Fiji Meteorological Service (FMS) has projected lesser tropical cyclones in Fiji and the Pacific but these will be more intense in power. Tropical cyclone numbers are likely to decline in the Pacific over the 21st century. Projected changes for Fiji are warmer temperatures, wetter wet season and dryer dry season, heavy rainfall will get more intense and fewer tropical cyclones but more intense
A trough of low pressure lies just to the northeast of Fiji. A high pressure system to the south of Fiji is gradually extending over the group. It is expected to direct an east to southeast wind flow over the country till end of forecast period
Fiji Times News, 1 February 2015. The Ministry of Health and Medical Services has recorded an increase in the number of dengue fever cases in the North. So far, 123 cases have been recorded from the division but majority of them have been treated
Tide predictions for Fiji - Suva from January - December 2015. South Pacific Sea Level and Climate Monitoring Project (SPSLCMP) Tide Calendar
Fiji Times News, 20 January 2015. The Health Ministry says there could be up to 10 times more cases of dengue than the 17 already confirmed in the Macuata outbreak on Vanua Levu. Patients are being admitted and discharged but if mortality starts to rise, we'll be very worried about these strains. The 17 lab confirmed dengue cases are from the Labasa and Seaqaqa area of Macuata. The dengue cases may have accumulated during the 2014 festive period and is presumptively linked to the amassing...
FBC News, 19 January 2015. The Weather Office says a trough of low pressure remains slow moving over Fiji and continues to bring rain to the country. For the next few days, there will be occasional showers over the Eastern parts and the interior of the larger islands. People travelling by boat are urged to be mindful of the weather and avoid travelling when heavy rain and strong wind warnings are in place
Fiji Times News, 19 January 2015. Issues related to climate change adaptation will be a key focus for the Mamanuca Environment Society this year. One way it hopes to achieve this is by working directly with communities living with the effects of climate change. The organisation is also hopeful of working with more government stakeholders and environment organisations to promote sustainable management and protection of biodiversity
Fiji Times News, 20 January 2015. Twenty four cases of typhoid have been identified within Bua since the New Year prompting the Health Ministry to again emphasise proper hygiene and sanitation. The typhoid cluster is understood to have started abruptly after a New Year's function at a village in the province. Precautions that one needs to take in terms of typhoid is something that people in this particular area need to do