SUVA, Nov. 14 (Xinhua) -- As Tropical Cyclone Mal moves towards Fiji, the Western side has 459 evacuation centers on standby, ready to accommodate those in need of shelter.
Commissioner for Western Division Apolosi Lewaqai said Tuesday that 70 percent of these evacuation centers are established within schools, demonstrating a community-wide effort to provide safe havens for those who may be affected by the impending cyclone, reported Fiji Broadcasting Corporation news website.
Lewaqai emphasized the importance of readiness and noted that emergency operation centers were activated on Monday to streamline coordination efforts.
With schools closed for two days in anticipation of the cyclone, the commissioner is calling on parents to take extra precautions and closely monitor their children.
In the event of any assistance being required, residents are encouraged to reach out to the designated operation centers.
Lewaqai reassured the public that all emergency response teams are on standby, ready to mobilize and provide aid as needed.
Two evacuation centers in the West are now open and people have taken shelter there.
There is a mixed response among Suva residents as shoppers topped up on essential goods and supplies to prepare for the cyclone's arrival.
According to the Fiji Meteorological Service, the cyclone is anticipated to impact the country with destructive winds from later Tuesday. ■