We pray for all our beautiful friends and family in Fiji who are experiencing yet another unseasonal bout of rain and flooding. As it is with local flooding in Fiji it is the low-lying villages who are hit the worst. International media are of course angling stories towards ‘stranded tourists’ who are high and dry in resorts yet are forgetting the sadness these events bring locals. Please pray for our beautiful locals in Fiji who are experiencing more major flooding in 2012.
Unofficial word on the ground in Fiji is as follows…
From resorts in the Sigatoka area…
All is well within resort environs but not so good in the villages as the Sigatoka river has burst it’s banks. The only effect this is having on tourists is that resort staff are unable to make it to work – so maybe a few less attentive staff at the bars! Some resorts are taking precautionary measures and are requesting that water is conserved wherever possible. Roads are cut and getting to the airport is not possible presently.
From Castaway Island, Fiji in the Mamanuca Islands…
*Castaway is an hour’s boat road from Nadi town. LIVE web cam.
Castaway Island, Fiji is operating as normal, however due to rough seas, South Sea Cruises, Island Hoppers helicopters, Pacific Island seaplanes and private water taxi services are all suspended to and from the island today, Sunday 1st April, 2012. They will not know if services will resume on Monday 2nd April, until around 8.30am Monday morning our time.
This situation therefore prevents guests getting to and from the island at this current time. But if there were anywhere to be stranded in Fiji, Castaway would have to be one of the nicest places! The Resort has kindly offered a distressed room rate and complimentary meals for guests for their unexpected extended stay.
For Castaway guests due to arrive Sunday 1st, Monday 2nd and Tuesday 3rd April, 2012, they strongly recommend they reconsider their travel arrangements as these current weather conditions are forecast to continue for this period at least.
You can view Castaway’s Web Cam to see live weather conditions of the Mamanuca Islands during daylight hours.
OFFICIAL TRAVEL ADVICE: Australian Government sites are advising the following in regards to travel to Fiji…
- We advise you to reconsider your need to travel to the Western Division of Viti Levu, including Nadi and the Coral Coast, due to the current severe flooding and disruption to transport links and other services.
- The Fiji Meteorological Service issued a Tropical Cyclone Alert on the afternoon of 1 April, warning that a tropical depression is expected to intensify further and possibly become a tropical cyclone in the next 24 to 36 hours. This will further impact on those affected by the current flooding.
- A tropical depression has been causing heavy rains and severe flooding in the Western Division of Viti Levu, the main island of Fiji. There is the possibility of further flooding in low-lying areas. Air services have been disrupted and roads to the airport affected. Australians should follow the advice of local authorities and check with their travel service provider for up to date information about their service. You can find more information in the Fiji: Flooding: April 2012 travel bulletin.
Keep save Fiji. We are praying for you:)