Cyclone forces state of emergency in Fiji

Cyclone forces state of emergency in Fiji

A state of emergency remained in place in Fiji yesterday in the face of a tropical cyclone warning.

At least three people have died and about 8,000 Fijians have been relocated to emergency evacuation centres, Agence France-Presse reported.

A gale warning was also in force for western Viti Levu, Yasawa and the Mamanuca group of islands, southern Lau, Kadavu and nearby smaller islands in the Pacific.

There was also a severe flood warning for all major rivers, streams and low-lying areas.

The weather system was expected to peak at around midnight local time yesterday and conditions gradually improve by Wednesday.

The Fijian government has lifted a temporary ban on airlines carrying passengers on flights from 1pm local time yesterday.

The road linking Nadi International Airport and the Denarau Island resort complex is operational but is subject to high tides and flooding, the government said.

Inter-island cruise and ferry services were operating on a limited basis to transport travellers to Nadi and Nadi International Airport.

Domestic air services between Suva and Nadi are operating but services to the outer islands were cancelled.

Tourism Fiji said: “International visitors to Fiji must also be aware that while every effort is being made to minimise inconvenience that has resulted from the current inclement weather, services and transportation within Fiji are not as yet at their optimum levels.

“While resources are strained hotels and resorts across the destination have continued to provide services to their guests and no reports of damage to any major hotel or resort have been received.


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