Disaster Management Office, 31 August, 2018 – This email serves to inform you on the current dry weather condition.
- The Meteorological Drought Information Bulletin issued by the Fiji Meteorological Service on August 3rd indicated July 2018 was significantly drier than normal across the Western Division and majority of the Northern division. The dry conditions extends to cover islands in the Eastern Division including Vunisea, Matuku and Lakeba that experienced less than half the normal rainfall recorded.
- The Fiji Meteorological Service has put forward a Meteorological drought Watch that expands to cover 3-months timescale after drier than normal July. Meteorological Watch basically means that rainfall generally fall within the lowest 40% but excluding the lowest 25% of the historical record.
|· Timescale||Sites in Meteorological Drought||Sites in Meteorological Drought Warning Status||Sites in Meteorological Drought Watch|
|3-month||Labasa Airport, Penang Mill and Rotuma||Matei Airfield and Seaqaqa||Navua, Nacocolevu, Monasavu, Savusavu and Lakeba|
|6-month||Matei Airfield, Savusavu Airfield and Rotuma||–||Navua|
|12-month||Savusavu Airfield||Matei Airfield||Rotuma|
Source: Fiji Meteorological Service Climate Division.
- The Divisional Commissioners are closely monitoring the situation on the ground. The NDMO requests clusters and partners to be prepared for emergency response upon request should there be a drought declared. For now water authority and commissioner’s office are carting water to the affected areas. We will keep you informed on the situation
Respectfully, for your information and necessary actions.
Further queries contact:
Prishika Nadan | A/SAO
National Disaster Management Office | Headquarters
Ministry of Rural & Maritime Development, National Disaster Management & Meteorological Services