Different arms of government are preparing for the approaching Tropical Depression which is likely to form into a Tropical Cyclone in less than 24 hours.

Director Meteorological Service Misaele Funaki briefed Acting Prime Minister and Attorney-General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum and other senior government officials earlier today that this system is expected to intensify and become a category 1 Tropical Cyclone in 12 to 18 hours.

The tropical depression has also changed its track from eastwards to south east moving closer to the Fiji Group. Tropical Cyclone warning remains in force for Rotuma while a Tropical Cyclone Alert is in force for Fiji Group. Funaki said the concern is that there will be heavy rainfall in many places and flash flooding of low-lying areas.

Director NDMO Vasiti Soko hlighted that the likely impacted area of a 50km buffer for Vanua Levu and parts of Viti Levu includes total 18 airports, 871 bridges, 1294 evacuation centers, 18 EFL power stations, 12 fire stations, 131 health centers, 215 hotels, 45 jetties, 54 police stations, 1141 schools, 156 water reservoirs and a total of 847 villages.

Arrangements have also been made areas like Saqani, Tukavesi and Taveuni that could potentially face communications blackout during this period.

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