Sunday, 17 April 2016

Flooding in Fiji

Tropical depression brings flooding to Fiji's Vanua Levu

17 April, 2016

Heavy rain in Fiji overnight has caused flooding on the island of Vanua Levu, as the country was hit by yet another tropical depression.

Amit Singh, a senior forecaster at the Fiji Meteorological Service, said the system, TD17F, made landfall on the northern island yesterday, bringing with it heavy rain and strong winds.

He said Vanua Levu received 24-hours of very heavy rainfall, which has flooded low-lying areas and damaged crops, according to reports received by the service.

"Looking at the rainfall at different places, there's been a significant amount of rainfall reported," said Mr Singh in an interview on Sunday. "Some places had more than 310mm in 24-hours, and some over 200, and some over 100."

Local media were carrying reports of the Qawa river, which runs near the island's main town of Labasa, bursting its banks on Sunday, flooding parts of the town.
Fiji Village reported police in the town saying the Labasa Civic Area, Bulileka, Soasoa, Siberia, Wailevu and the Airport road were all flooded.

The system is the latest major tropical disturbance to affect Fiji since the category five Cyclone Winston caused extensive damage to much of the country nearly two months ago.

Two weeks ago, two tropical depressions and a category three cyclone, Zena, caused widespread flooding on the main island of Viti Levu, one of the areas worst-affected by Cyclone Winston.

However, Amit Singh said this weekend's tropical depression has left areas hardest-hit by the cyclones largely unaffected.

Mr Singh said the system was now moving southeast over the Lau group of islands and was steadily weakening.

Severe weather warnings for the country were expected to be cancelled early on Sunday afternoon, he said.

Flooding continues as cyclone heads towards Fiji

Tropical Cyclone Winston is slowly moving away from Fiji, leaving a trail of devastation behind.

Reports from Fiji say the country is rapidly approaching a state of drought, with no substantial rainfall since the 17th of May

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