Farmers are advised to take
necessary precautions to reduce risks to life and their properties as the
category two Cyclone continues to move closer to Fiji.
According to the weather
forecast by the Fiji Meteorological Services, TC Mal is located 340km northwest
of Yasawa-i-Rara or 390km West-northwest of Nadi and will move closer by
midnight tonight with wind gusts of 170km per hour.
A storm warning remains in
force for the Yasawa and Mamanuca Groups, Western, Northern and Southern Viti
Levu, Vatulele, Kadavu and nearby smaller islands.
“A gale alert remains in force
for Rotuma, Western half of Vanua Levu including Dreketi, Bua to Savusavu,
Eastern Viti Levu and Lomaiviti Group.”
As of the latest weather
bulletin, a strong wind and heavy rain warning remains in force for the whole
of the Fiji group.
Farmers in those areas are
advised to take immediate precautions and necessary preparatory arrangements to
minimise damage to crops and injury to livestock.
Farmers living in flood-prone
areas are advised to move their livestock to higher ground, ensure they are
warm and have feed. Farmers are also advised to salvage crops from flood prone
areas and secure and safely store planting materials so that it can be used
after flood waters have receded.
Farmers are advised to shift
their farm machinery and farm implements away from flood-prone areas and secure
their livestock sheds.
It is advised for farmers to
continue monitoring their crops and farmland in flood-prone areas to prevent
losses once the water has receded.
Farmers also have to be wary of
culverts and other waterways created by floods and keep family members and
animals away from them.
It is prudent that farmers pay
close attention to all weather forecasts, warnings and advisories issued by the
Fiji Meteorological Services.
Farmers should also pay
attention to precautionary measures recommended by the Fiji Meteorological Services
to minimize and avoid losses from flash floods and strong winds.
Please avoid crossing flooded
rivers, creeks and drains.