Fiji’s tropical cyclone Cody causes extensive damage and destroys infrastructure

Fiji’s tropical cyclone Cody causes extensive damage and destroys infrastructure.

Suva: Fiji’s infrastructure has been severely damaged by tropical cyclone Cody. This was especially true in the west side of Viti Levu (the country’s main island) and parts of the central divide causing power blackouts.

Energy Fiji Limited, Chief Executive Hasmukh Patel stated Tuesday (12 January) that the cyclone had brought heavy rains and floods to the area. 

It causes damage to infrastructure, according to the Xinhua news agency.

Patel stated that some power lines remain down. Therefore, Fijians are advised to stay clear of them and to alert the EFL immediately to avoid any accidents or death.

According to the Ministry of Education, schools will remain closed until the National Disaster Management Office clarifies that it is safe to reopen.

In addition, 58 schools have been used as evacuation centers. They will need decontamination once the weather improves and Ministry has cleared the situation of Health.

Due to heavy rain, parts of Labasa, Vanua Levu (the second-largest island of Fiji), are still flooded.

As the threat of flooding continues, the National Weather Office has predicted occasional heavy rain on the northern side.

The majority of shops in Nadi (Fiji’s third-largest municipality on the west side of Viti Levu) remained closed Tuesday.

Ram Raju, President of Nadi’s Chamber of Commerce, said that a few shopowners clean up mud and debris.

Minister for Disaster Management Inia Serairatu stated that teams from the National Disaster Management Office continue to visit flood-affected areas.

Seruiratu stated that they would visit the affected areas this week to determine the extent of the assistance needed, even though there is no estimate on the damage.

Motorists should also be aware of falling rocks, landslides, and debris in heavy rain. In addition, people are advised not to swim, dive, or walk-in floodwaters.

One person was killed in the Category 1 storm, which caused widespread flooding that forced around 2,000 people from their homes to seek refuge at 110 evacuation centers across Fiji.

Fiji’s cyclone season runs from November through April each year.

 

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