NDMO SENDS TEAM TO KADAVU

The National Disaster Management Office (NDMO) has deployed its Immediate Situation Overview (ISO) team to carry out assessment and verification on Kadavu Island.

The NDMO is grateful to the New Zealand Government for deploying its P3 Orion aircraft to undertake aerial surveillance of the affected areas.

The Honorable Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama is visiting Fijians at the Evacuation Centers in the Central Division. A total of 197 Evacuation Centres remain active with 6,240 evacuees.

Meanwhile, NDMO staff continue to work with the Ministry of Health and Medical Services teams to ensure that the COVID19 prevention protocols are being practiced at the Evacuation Centers.

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Public movement restriction for the whole Viti Levu was uplifted last night, however, the COVID19 curfew from 8pm to 5am remains in force throughout Fiji.

The NDMO’s National Emergency Operations Center will continue to provide situational reports, monitor and provide updates of evacuees in active evacuation centers and coordinate with Divisional/District EOCs and first responders in recovery efforts.

Members of the public are advised to:

1. WORK TOGETHER

Help your community recover:

• Assist with rubbish removal and ensure you wear protective clothing and footwear when cleaning up
• Reach out to those who were the most effected or require assistance, such as the sick, elderly, pregnant women and those with disabilities
• Support one another after a disaster – we are stronger when we work together

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2. PROVIDE EMOTIONAL SUPPORT

• Ensure your family feels safe, loved and cared for. Comfort those around you, especially children
• Create a routine in a safe environment for your family to have a sense of normalcy

3. KEEP FOOD SAFE

• Cover or store food and drinking water in clean closed containers
• Do not eat spoiled food
• Ensure all drinking water is boiled
• Try to ensure your family eats nutritious meals based on what is available and safe to eat after the disaster
• Breastfeeding mothers should continue to breastfeed their infants

4. PRACTICE GOOD HYGIENE

Avoid contracting and spreading diseases by:
• Washing your hands with soap and water before handling any food, disposing rubbish and after using the toilet
• Ensure your children always continue to practice good hygiene

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5. SEEK MEDICAL ATTENTION

Get medical attention if you or any of your family members have any of these symptoms:
High fever
Severe Diarrhoea
Vomiting
Unusual body pains and aches
Rashes
These symptoms could indicate serious infections or illnesses that require urgent medical attention.