of 6am Cyclone Zena was located approximately 740km west of Nadi.
Metservice said the category 2 cyclone was a fast-moving system and
was intensifying and gale force winds were expected to reach Fiji by
this afternoon or evening.
tropical gale force warning has been issued for the Yasawa and
Mamanuca group, the whole of Viti Levu, Kadavu and the nearby small
near Lautoka try to rebuild but have to face another
cyclone. Photo: RNZI / Sally Rond
town of Nadi has been under several metres of water and hundreds of
people have flocked back into the evacuation centres they had only
vacated a few weeks ago after Cyclone Winston.
International reporter Sally Round is in Lautoka just north of Nadi.
said the river at Nadi broke its banks again this morning and the
streets have been under water since Monday.
than 3500 people moved to evacuation centres in schools and churches
yesterday afternoon and she said that number was expected to grow as
people sought shelter throughout the day.
Sigatoka river rises, with the old bridge in the foreground damaged
from previous flooding.Photo: Sigatoka
Town Coral Coast STCC
are still in very flimsy homes after Cyclone Winston, but she said
they were battling on and making the best of it.
went into people's homes, still bent, twisted and gaping after
Winston, now dripping and sodden after these recent heavy rains, but
they just put out buckets, shift their bedding and try and get on
with it - but weariness, stress and tension are setting in," she
Navuniovatu who lives near Lautoka, was preparing to leave for the
nearby school yesterday.
it's a worry and I have decided that we are going to look for shelter
now. We are not going to take any chances now, getting prepared not
to leave, before anything worse happens".
cyclone forecaster Misaeli Funaki said while they await the onset of
Cyclone Zena, the rivers have been rising again due to heavy rain and
flood warnings have been issued for most areas.
those who live in flood prone areas, not only in low-lying flood
prone areas but also for those who live along the trunks of the major
rivers, for them to move to higher ground," he said. "People
need to also understand that with a tropical cyclone coming in the
winds will pick up and as such whatever could be tied down, needs to
be tied down over the next few hours".
tent helps to keep a family dry near Lautoka. Thousands are still
living in crowded, makeshift shelters. Photo: RNZI
/ Sally Rond
Funaki said because of the flooding there was a lot of debris already
in the rivers.
said more damage was expected from Cyclone Zena, because Fiji was
still recovering from the damage already caused by Cyclone Winston
six weeks ago.
are still under the reconstruction of our beloved nation, and as such
most of the places out there are exposed," he said.
Western half of Viti Levu, they are living in tents, and some of the
structures are under repair. So yes, this could be damaged when these
kinds of winds are coming in."
than 3500 people are sheltering in evacuation centres and one man has
died and a woman is missing after 24 hours of heavy rain.
flights in and out of Fiji have been cancelled, with Air New Zealand
stopping two flights and Fiji Airways ceasing flights after their
Zena forecast map. Photo: Fiji Met