Cyclone Josie has caused widespread flooding across Fiji
An archipelago made up of more than 300 islands, Fiji is a country in the South Pacific Ocean and is a popular holiday destination thanks to its beautiful tropical beaches and paradise resorts.
However, Fiji has come under threat from a dangerous tropical Cyclone with torrential rain having spread across the country leaving travel advice questioning if the country is safe to travel.
Named Tropical Cyclone Josie, heavy rain have occurred across all islands with widespread flooding affecting the western and northern areas.
Alongside strong winds, heavy rain and severe floods have damaged homes, business and the livelihoods of Fiji residents.
Fiji Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama released a statement on Tuesday to say “We are now at an almost constant level of threat from these extreme weather events.”
We’re at fight for our very survival
He continued: “We need to get the message out loud and clear to the entire world about the absolute need to confront this crisis head on.
“As a nation we are starting to build our resilience in response to the frightening new era that is upon us. We’re at fight for our very survival.”
“We are now at an almost constant level of threat.”
Aid distribution is underway in the Western part of the division. So far there have been four death reports and one man is still uncounted for according to Radio New Zealand.
More than 1,000 people are reported to be staying in evacuation centres.
So far there have been four death reports
According to Gov.uk, rising water levels are rising in the major rivers of Viti Levu with the prediction that this will cause flood waters to spread across Nadi town, Ba town, Tavua and Ra towns.
The Low lying areas of Lautoka and Sigatoka including Navua, Nausori and Korovou are also expected to be affected.
Fiji sees around 20,000 British tourists every year and although the majority of holidaymakers travel trouble-free, the “contest level of threat” from tropical weather Mr Bainimarama describes, is having serious impact on tourists.
On 1 April, the New Zealand Red Cross released a statement on Twitter to say: “#TCJosie is causing flooding, high winds, power cuts and some evacuations in #Fiju. Stay safe everyone.”
Although, the Fiji National Disaster Management Office has since reported that flood waters are starting to reduce.
Fiji Airways passengers advised to check before they travel
The Fiji Roads Authority (FRA) reported that 40 roads in the Western Division, 27 in the Central Divison and seven in the Northern Division have been closed.
The report has since added: “Some roads have reopened in flood affected parts of the Western Division as water levels continue to slowly recede.”
“The FRA is closely monitoring the situation of the roads and we are urging the public to remain vigilant, tune into the local radio and listen to the advice of the emergency services.”
On Sunday, Fiji Airways announced that a number of flights have been cancelled due to the severe weather conditions and that passengers should check the status of their flight before travelling.
An updated report on Monday stated that flights are now running again at a reduced service but that passengers.
This message continues Today will Fiji Airways advising customers to check before departing and some disruption still occurs.