FIJI POLICE IMPOSE CURFEW ON FLOODED NADI

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SUVA, Fiji (Fijilive, Jan. 30, 2008) - Fiji’s Police Commissioner Esala Teleni says a curfew has been imposed on Nadi town from 6 p.m. today to 6 a.m. tomorrow to reduce movement of people and ensure public safety.

He confirmed with Fijilive that the purpose of the curfew was to restrict peoples’ movement as the town is still under water and very risky.

"Please do not mistake this for an emergency decree; it’s only a precaution for public safety," he assured.

Teleni added that businesses are closed in Nadi and the curfew will also prevent people from trying to take advantage of the situation.

"We are hoping to remove the curfew when the flood waters go down but until then the curfew is imposed only at night," Teleni said.

Teleni hopes that the people will cooperate in this matter as it is for their own safety.

Families living near the Nadi River had to be evacuated after the river burst its banks today. The Nadi Hospital road is now closed and areas around town including the Nadi market and bus stand.

The Nadi weather office has warned that more flooding may occur in low lying areas and strong north to northeast winds (45 to 55 km/hr), with gusts to 90 km/hr, may gradually ease tonight.

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