All civil servants in all the four divisions are to return to work today.
This was announced by Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama at his 7pm briefing at the National Operation Centre yesterday.
He said schools used as evacuation centres in the Western Division were to remain closed.
“This is in light of the number of schools being used as evacuation centres, the extent of the two flooding events, the need to complete the clean-up and control of vector and borne diseases within some of these affected schools,” he said.
According to a brief from the National Disaster Management Office (NDMO) the number of schools affected: North – 15, Lautoka/Nadi/Yasawa – 30, Ba/Tavua – 17, Ra – 15 and Nadroa/Navosa – 8. In the north – Macuata (6) and Cakaudrove (4). Total – 10.
In all, there were 95 schools used as evacuation centres.
All schools in the Northern Division, he adds are to open with the exception of schools in the greater Labasa area. These schools are to remain closed due to water disruption in the area and the need to complete the clean up within these areas.
“Schools in the Central and Eastern divisions are to resume as normal except Kadavu. All schools in Kadavu are recommended to be closed due to the level of damages sustained by some schools on the island. This will be verified today once the situation improves.”
Bus services, he said, would normalise today and “bus operators are advised to take caution and exercise their discretion when servicing disaster affected areas”.
For the inter-island vessels, operations will be subject to further assessment today once the marine weather bulletin indicates fine weather.
All businesses and services will resume as normal. However, those in affected areas will be subject to the discretion of business houses and owners.
There will be continual flooding in low-lying areas.
Mr Bainimarama said since TC Keni was still in our system, his advice – “remain indoors, look after your families, store up food and water, stay away from flooded areas.”
Meanwhile, total evacuation centres (EC) supplied by the NDMO:
Western: EC – 82; Evacuees – 5288, Northern: EC – 18; Evacuees – 723; Eastern: EC – 9; Evacuees – 439; Central: EC – 10; Evacuees – 304. Total: EC – 119; Evacuees – 6754.
Mr Bainimarama has again advised the public to heed the weather advice.
- Courts will reopen today;
- University of the South Pacific will open fully today and that staff should be at work at its Nadi, Lautoka and Labasa operations to prepare for opening of the campus for students tomorrow;
- Fiji National University campuses except Ba will reopen as normal today for classes;
- University of Fiji campuses, Samabula and Saweni will remain closed today as a result of the continuing impact of Tropical Cyclone Keni.