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TC Harold Message

This afternoon, the eye of category 4 Tropical Cyclone Harold will arrive over Kadavu, bringing the worst of the heavy winds, rain and flooding to Fiji. All roads on Viti Levu have been shut to travel until further notice. Emergency authorities are the only personnel allowed to travel. All Fijians should stay indoors unless directed to evacuate by authorities. Our evacuation centres are safe, they are sanitised and monitored to ensure they do not surpass capacity. Those under quarantine due to the threat of coronavirus will not mix with others.We’ve received reports of vendors and farmers who have been trying to sell produce despite the severe weather. This needs to end. Everyone needs to immediately shelter indoors in their homes or in evacuation centres. There are also a number of reports of winds whipping up flying debris in the Suva area. Flying debris can be deadly. Keep yourself indoors and out of harm's way until our authorities have given the all clear that it is safe to be outdoors. As we see flooding throughout the country, I’m pleading with everyone to stay out of floodwaters. Keep your children out of floodwaters. These waters are deadly, unpredictable, and can carry debris that can maim or kill. Stay indoors. Do not travel. Say safe, Fiji.#TCHarold #TeamFiji

Posted by Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama on Tuesday, April 7, 2020
Harold Update

#CycloneHarold exited our waters early this morning after leaving a path of destruction behind in Fiji. Harold’s heavy rains are still making their way through catchment areas, meaning that streams and rivers –– particularly the Rewa River –– will likely still see high water levels. So even if the sun is shining, please remain cautious of floodwaters. Unpredictable currents, submerged debris, downed power lines and live electrical cables mean that crossing a river could still prove deadly. As Fijians pick up the pieces after being struck by yet another severe cyclone, I want to thank our disciplined forces and the NDMO, who worked through the heavy winds and rain to keep us safe. Between TC Harold and the global COVID-19 pandemic, our economy and our people have been dealt two body blows to start the year. While we may be on the ropes –– now is when the measures of our resilience and diligence matter most. This storm must not compromise our coronavirus containment efforts, lest we risk damage far more painful than the aftermath of any cyclone. So please, continue to follow all of our life-saving public health directives. If you’ve been affected by this storm, know that help is on the way. We will rise back to our feet. And we’ll do it together. Stay strong, Fiji.

Posted by Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama on Wednesday, April 8, 2020
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