Tropical Disturbance Expected To Affect Fiji

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Police warns public not to put lives at risk on the sea

By Indrani Krishna

SUVA, Fiji (Fijilive, March 6, 2013) – A tropical disturbance which was located far West of Fiji earlier today is now moving eastwards and will affect the entire group till later tomorrow.

Senior meteorologist at the Nadi Weather Office Amit Singh told FijiLive that an active trough of low pressure remains slow moving over Fiji as associated cloud and rain will continue to affect the group.

Moreover, a strong wind warning remains in force for land areas of Vanua Levu, Taveuni and nearby smaller islands, Lau Group, Yasawa and the Lomaiviti Group and Northern Viti Levu.

A heavy rain warning remains in force for the whole of Fiji Group together with squally thunderstorms over most places and rough to very rough seas.

Meanwhile, the Fiji Police Force is pleading to the mariners during this bad weather, as it has been noted that people often defy these warnings and go out to sea with some trips ending tragically.

Spokesperson, Inspector Atunaisa Sokomuri said that mariners must realize that they are putting their own lives and the lives of others in danger if they decide to go out to sea despite the weather advisories.

"In light of the heavy rain and flash flood warning issued by the Nadi Weather office parents and guardians are requested to keep a close eye on their children. This is a time when they usually venture outdoors and have a tendency to play in flooded waters," Inspector Sokomuri said.

Moreover, the drowning death toll stands at 13 compared to 14 for the same period last year.

However, there are hidden threats which could result in tragic accidents which is why supervision during this time is vital, added Inspector Sokomuri.

Motorists are also being advised to drive with caution and care especially in light of the current weather conditions.

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