rain in Fiji overnight has caused flooding on the island of Vanua
Levu, as the country was hit by yet another tropical depression.
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.
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.
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."
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.
Village reported police in the town saying the Labasa Civic
Area, Bulileka, Soasoa, Siberia, Wailevu and the Airport road were
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.
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.
Amit Singh said this weekend's tropical depression has left areas
hardest-hit by the cyclones largely unaffected.
Singh said the system was now moving southeast over the Lau group of
islands and was steadily weakening.
weather warnings for the country were expected to be cancelled early
on Sunday afternoon, he said.