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NDMO – Take necessary precautions to avoid exposure

Take necessary precautionary measures to avoid any exposure to the airborne volcanic ash brought by the volcanic eruptions in Tonga on Saturday. That’s the advice from the National Disaster Management Office (NDMO) to people living...

Residents plead for help

Residents living in flood-prone Vunato and Lovu Seaside settlements, in Lautoka are pleading for help from authorities to help them mitigate their flood problems. Acting advisory councillor Manueli Savou said for years people have had to relocate to evacuation centres while their homes were inundated with floodwaters during a heavy downpour. “Something needs to be done,” he...

FEO issues notice to FLP over Facebook posting

The Fijian Elections Office (FEO) has issued a notice under Section 144A (2) of the Electoral Act to the Fiji Labour Party directing it to remove its social media Facebook post. Last Sunday, the FLP had claimed via its official social media Facebook page that Supervisor of Elections Mohammed Saneem was forced to resign. The...

Farmer suffers $20k loss

A large-scale farmer in Kavanagasau, Sigatoka says he has lost $20,000 worth of vegetables during the recent floods. Imtiaz Khan of Nabitu settlement has been a large-scale grower for the past decade and he says most of his vegetables were ready to be harvested, but have all gone to waste in the past five days of flooding. “Eggplant,...

Saneem: Resignation is ‘fake news’, considers legal action

Fiji’s Supervisor of Elections Mohammad Saneem says he will be taking action against those who have spread rumours that he had resigned. “It’s fake news,” said Mr Saneem. “We will consider taking some actions which we will be making public in a few hours’ time. “It is still Monday morning, we will get something done....

Seruiratu: Too early to finalise costs of damage

Disaster Management Minister Inia Seruiratu says they should have some rough indications on costs and the extent of damage caused by Tropical Cyclone Cody in all sectors in the four divisions by today. During his visit to the flood-affected areas in the Northern Division, Mr Seruiratu said they wanted to conclude the damage assessment and...

Saneem still SOE; A-G confirms Supervisor of Elections has not resigned

Supervisor of Elections Mohammed Saneem has not resigned from his position. Acting Prime Minister and Attorney-General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum confirmed this when quizzed by the media regarding the allegations surrounding Mr Saneem’s resignation. The media had also queried if Fiji was going to have the general election this year to which the A-G said: “The elected...

Ali takes a swipe at the A-G

Attorney-General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum was flippant about his absence from Fiji while ranting about the “highly despicable and undignified” media that highlighted the prime minister’s absence while Fijians faced a flood crisis. This was the word from human rights activist Shamima Ali. “Our prayers are with the prime minister and his family as he recovers from...

Tongan students long to hear from family back home

Emotional Mele Lenati is longing to hear from her family in Tonga after the devastating underwater volcanic eruption on Saturday afternoon. She said all network communication to Haveluloto in Tongatapu, Tonga where her family lived, was down. The third year University of the South Pacific student said she had a sleepless night after learning what...

COVID-19 Fiji: ‘Positivity rate low among travellers’

The positivity rate among travellers remains low, says Health Ministry permanent secretary Dr James Fong. He said they continued to support international travel through the mitigation measures outlined in the present protocol for travel partner and non-travel partner countries. “We are exploring options to transition from hotel stay to homestay for our travellers from travel...

Nausori Highland murder trial: Lawyers to deliver closing arguments today

Lawyers handling the Nausori Highland murder trial will deliver their closing submissions at the High Court in Lautoka today. The matter was listed last week, however, Justice Sunil Sharma had the case against Mohammed Raheesh Isoof adjourned and have it called before Justice Thushara Rajasinghe. The New Zealand resident has been on remand for more...

Schools in Fiji will stay closed until cleared

Schools in Fiji will stay closed until the Government is sure that the impacts of the underwater volcanic eruption in Tonga have cleared our waters in the event some of it need to be activated as evacuation centres. Attorney-General and acting PM Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum said they planned to re-open schools for Years 8 – 13...

COVID-19 Fiji: Additional requirements for informal gatherings

Fijians wanting to hold indoor events with more than 20 people are now required to obtain a permit. Outdoor events, on the other hand, do not need a permit but organisers are required to enforce COVIOD-safe measures or they will be shut down. Acting Prime Minister and Attorney-General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum said while there were no...

Fijian Government to provide $250 cash to affected farmers

The Fijian Government will provide $250 cash to all cyclone-affected farming households for land preparation, cultivation, and procurement of planting materials. Attorney-General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum their estimates showed they had 20,000 households that would qualify. He said the Government had allocated $5million for this purpose. He said recent flooding had been tough on farmers. “Many of...

COVID-19 Fiji: Heath Ministry reports 733 new cases and 9 deaths

Fiji’s Ministry of Health and Medical Services has reported 733 new cases of COVID-19 since the last update on January 12. Of that, 249 new cases were recorded on January 13, a total of 291 new cases were recorded on January 14 and 193 new cases on January 15. “Of the 733 cases recorded since...

NDMO advises precautions to avoid exposure to airborne ash

The National Disaster Management Office (NDMO) has advised members of the public living in the maritime islands within the Eastern Division to take the necessary precautionary measures to avoid any exposure to airborne ash as a result of the recent volcanic eruptions in Tonga. The Fiji Meteorological Service in Nadi had advised that airborne ash...

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern addresses situation in Tonga following volcanic eruption, tsunami

There are no official reports of injuries or deaths in Tonga, as the Defence Force prepares to head to the islands, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says. Communication with the islands has been cut off since yesterday evening and members of the Tongan community in New Zealand are desperately awaiting news of their loved ones. Ardern...

What’s happening today!

Bula vinaka everyone. Here is another edition of some basic information you may need to know for today. First, here is your weather forecast for today: Weather Occasional showers and isolated afternoon thunderstorms over the Northern Division Cloudy with some showers and isolated afternoon thunderstorms over Kadavu, the eastern parts and eastern interior of Viti...

Seismic activity: Two earthquakes recorded in less than 12 hours

A 5.2 magnitude earthquake was recorded Northwest from Lautoka earlier tonight. The Seismology Unit of the Mineral Resources Department said the seismic activity was recorded at 9.36pm. It was reported 442km Northwest from Lautoka, 520km Southwest from Rotuma and 563km Northwest of Suva. The Seismology Unit said it was a moderate earthquake with a shallow...

16th January

Residents plead for clean water

NAVULA residents in Lautoka have been without a proper water supply for almost two months. The residents have been surviving on rainwater and had been experiencing little to no water since November last year. The residents said they had been waiting for authorities to assist them. One of the affected residents, Sandeep Narayan, claimed the low...

Drones assess farm damage

Drones are being used to assess the extent of damage caused by Tropical Cyclone Cody and associated flooding in the agriculture sector. Agriculture Ministry permanent secretary Vinesh Kumar said farms growing export commodities were the hardest hit by TC Cody. He said no dollar value had been calculated as yet, but initial damage assessment (IDA)...

Tonga volcanic eruption: Fijians share experiences

Fijians around the country and neighbouring islands experienced the effects of the volcano that erupted in Hunga-Tonga- Hunga-Ha’pai in Tonga yesterday. A villager from Nadrala, Nadroga, Malakai Nacebe said they heard loud rumbling sounds between 1.30pm and 2pm and had no idea of what had caused it. “We heard the loud sound and we thought it was a...

People flee as waves crash ashore

Waves associated with the continuous volcanic eruption at Hunga-Tonga-Hunga-Ha’apai in Tonga crashed into Tonga’s largest island Tongatapu and forced residents to evacuate their homes. A former Fijian journalist, Iliesa Tora, in his facebook live video said explosions were heard and black clouds of smoke seen in the sky followed by abnormal tidal movements and large...

Villagers move to high ground

Villagers of Narikoso on Kadavu fled for safety to elevated areas on the island after huge tidal waves crashed into the village ground yesterday afternoon. The highest point in the island is understood to be occupied by seven households who were relocated from the old village site in 2020. Village spokesman Kelepi Saukitoga told this newspaper...

Ash clouds prompt Fiji Link to put flights on hold

All Fiji Link flights have been put on hold due to ash clouds caused by the Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha’apai volcanic eruption in Tonga. Fiji Airways states several flight operations will also be affected as customers travelling today can expect delays and extended flight times. Flights affected include FJ935 from Nadi to Melbourne, FJ921 Nadi to...

Tonga volcano eruption and tsunami: No power, communications still down

There has been little contact with Tonga since an underwater volcano, Hunga-Tonga-Hunga-Ha’apai, erupted early yesterday evening. A tsunami hit the Kingdom after the volcano erupted for eight minutes, throwing clouds of ash into the sky. Waves flooded the capital, Nuku’alofa, where video footage has shown water engulfing buildings. Communications with Tonga has been down since...

Tsunami advisory for coastal and maritime areas cancelled

The tsunami advisory issued for all coastal areas and maritime islands in Fiji has been cancelled. The Mineral Resources Department (MRD) said tsunami wave heights on local tide gauges were below advisory level and had normalised. Members of the public are still advised to be on standby and stay alert. An underwater volcano off Tonga...

Tonga volcano eruption triggers tsunami warnings in Japan, Pacific islands

(Reuters) -An underwater volcano off Tonga erupted on Saturday, triggering tsunami warnings and evacuation orders in Japan and causing large waves in several South Pacific islands, where footage on social media showed waves crashing into coastal homes. Japan’s meteorological agency issued tsunami warnings in the early hours on Sunday and said waves as high as...

What’s happening today!

Bula vinaka everyone. Here is another edition of some basic information you may need to know for today. First, here is your weather forecast for today: Weather Occasional showers and isolated afternoon thunderstorms over the Northern Division Cloudy periods with some showers and isolated afternoon thunderstorms over Kadavu, the eastern parts and eastern interior of...

Fiji PM recovering after urgent cardiovascular-related operation abroad

Fijian Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama is “well on his way to recovery” after undertaking an urgent surgical procedure in Melbourne, Australia, on Friday morning. Following a surgical medical review this week, Mr Bainimarama was informed by his physician that he needed to undertake an urgent cardiovascular-related operation. Tonight, Attorney-General Aiyaz Sauyed-Khaiyum said the medical procedure...

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