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March 2010 Blog Posts (68)

Some phones working Taveuni now. Still no contact with Coconut Farm, Taveuni

This news just came in from Miriam in USA.

I was able to reach my friends (Lenny & Alison) by cell phone about 3 hours ago. They told me that everyone with boats went to Hurricane Harbor and that only one person was hurt that…

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Added by Stacey King on March 18, 2010 at 10:21am — No Comments

Nawaia latest post DISMAC update RE: RABI situation

Comment by Nawaia Touakin 51 minutes ago

I just spoke with Notue, my younger daughter who is with DISMAC and she did mentioned DISMAC did mentioned they flew over Rambi Island yesterday and reproted nothing urgent, from the air, therefore there was nothing much to report from Rambi. I still feel there is more to go and see regarding the needs of our Banaban people right now…

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Added by Stacey King on March 18, 2010 at 10:15am — No Comments

Banaban Nawaia Touakin Suva reporting NOW DAY 4 and still NO ONE has heard from Rabi

Ken Sigrah just got off the phone with Nawaia Touakin in Suva and he is most concerned about the fact that no emergency teams have got into Rabi yet. He stated , 'this is day four, and we know that the emergency teams flew over Rabi yesteday on there way to Cikobia and Taveuni but still no one has made contact. This is of major concern to all Banabans'. …

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Added by Stacey King on March 18, 2010 at 7:00am — 1 Comment

Fijians begin to rebuild after cyclone Tomas (Koro Island)

Villagers on the cyclone-battered Fijian island of Koro had their chainsaws, shovels and assorted tools out today clearing roads, rebuilding homes and dealing with damage from winds which gusted to 240kmh.

Koro, to the northeast of the main island of Viti Levu, was badly damaged by Cyclone Tomas in the last two days, with many homes among the island's 14 villages badly damaged or destroyed. Fijians hunkered down during cyclone Tomas

Fijians hunkered down during cyclone…

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Added by Stacey King on March 18, 2010 at 12:06am — No Comments

Fiji cyclone recovery teams start heading into disaster area

Updated March 17, 2010 17:26:28

In Fiji disaster management teams are on their way to the northern and eastern islands, as Cyclone Tomas moves out of the area. It's suspected the Lau group of islands is worst hit, but the massive category four storm has…

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Added by Stacey King on March 17, 2010 at 6:42pm — No Comments

Fiji Declares Emergency as Cyclone Tomas Hits - Binati on Rabi mentioned in last part of this story -

Updated: 20 hours 8 minutes ago Lauren Frayer Contributor AOL News…
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Added by Stacey King on March 17, 2010 at 6:30pm — No Comments

AUSAID sending aid - Cyclone Tomas Fiji

Photo of a man looking on as supplies are loaded into a helicopter

Thanh Le, Manager of AUSAID Emergency Response, watches as humanitarian supplies are loaded on to a RAAF C-130H Hercules bound for Fiji in the wake of Cyclone Tomas. Photo: Australian Defence Force

Pallets of supplies are loaded in to the rear of a Hercules helicopter

Humanitarian supplies, including tarpaulins and water puritifcation tablets, are loaded on to a RAAF C-130H Hercules bound for Fiji in the wake of Cyclone Tomas. Photo: Australian Defence…

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Added by Stacey King on March 17, 2010 at 1:48pm — No Comments

Devastation reports from the North

Publish date/time: 16/03/2010 [13:10]

We are now receiving reports from the Northern Division in relation to the devastation caused by Hurricane Tomas. Tomas moved very slowly from the Eastern part of Vanua Levu towards Lau. For many areas like Cikobia, Udu Point, Rabi, Kioa and Taveuni they got the full brunt of Tomas for almost 6 hours. People in Labasa and Savusavu also experienced hurricane force winds and continuous heavy rain. Savusavu Town taxi driver Bablu, who… Continue

Added by Stacey King on March 17, 2010 at 9:00am — No Comments

Cyclone Tomas Rabi Disaster fund is now open

We have set up a direct DONATIONS fundraising page and Ken will be leaving for Fiji to try and get across to Rabi as soon as he gets his emergency passport through.

If you can help him please contact us.

He will be looking at taking in emergeny food and assessing the situation as soon as possible.

Have just heard that Fiji military and navy will try to send in assessment team to the northern region which is great but as we know with experience from the past, Rabi seems…

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Added by Stacey King on March 16, 2010 at 1:00pm — No Comments

Trying to get to Rabi - Can you help!

Ken's Fiji passport just expired today. He is being sworn in as an Australian citizen on 31st this month. He has rushed off this morning to Australian Immigration office to try and get an emergency passport to travel back to Fiji.

He needs to get over to Rabi as soon as possible so he can assess the situation and get some much needed help for the island and some emergency supplies in.

We are thinking that due to the widespread damage through out the northern region that he…

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Added by Stacey King on March 16, 2010 at 9:30am — No Comments

Hurricane Tomas update

Monday, March 15, 2010

The scale of the damage caused by Hurricane Tomas in the Northern division continues to remain sketchy as much of the communication links to Vanua Levu and nearby islands have been broken. However reports from a number of individuals in the region indicate that the Northern division is being pummeled by very strong winds and heavy rain, and huge waves have swept through a number of villages. The latest report from the weather office say Tomas was located about 160km… Continue

Added by Stacey King on March 15, 2010 at 4:19pm — 2 Comments

Thousands flee as cyclone slams into Fiji

Posted 45 minutes ago A powerful cyclone is battering Fiji's northern islands, damaging homes and crops as thousands of people flee to evacuation centres. Fiji's Meteorological Service says Cyclone Tomas is classified as a category-four cyclone - the second-most destructive on a five-point scale - and is packing winds averaging up to 175 kilometres per hour. There are no early reports of casualties, although reports said one woman drowned over the weekend in stormy seas. The cyclone is…

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Added by Stacey King on March 15, 2010 at 2:54pm — No Comments

5 Houses known to be destroyed by Cyclone Tomas Tabiang, Rabi Fiji

Ken just spoke with Uea at Tabiang village and he has 5 houses nearby destroyed by Cyclone Tomas. They are all moving out now to higher ground at Rabi High School.

Binati around at Tabwewa says all the food trees are gone now but house was still holding. As we have advised him that the Cyclone is still coming at them and will get worse he is now preparing the rooms inside the house to protect them all if the roof goes. They are turning over the beds and making barriers to protect…

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Added by Stacey King on March 15, 2010 at 12:00pm — No Comments

Warning for Cikobia Island

Monday, March 15, 2010

A Hurricane Warning is now in force for Cikobia Island with average wind speed of 185km/hr and momentary gusts to…
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Added by Stacey King on March 15, 2010 at 9:33am — No Comments

Latest Fiji Cyclone warning - Cyclone TOMAS Category 3 Number 22 issued 0136 UTC Sunday 14 March 2010

TROPICAL CYCLONE THREAT TRACK MAP

Severe Tropical Cyclone TOMAS Category 3

Tropical Cyclone Warning Number 22 issued 0136 UTC Sunday 14 March 2010

Added by Stacey King on March 14, 2010 at 1:38pm — No Comments

Real Time Satellite View of Cyclone Tomas - could be as big as Katrina

This is the worse cyclone we have seen, in fact there are two Cyclones either side of Fiji and they are saying Tomas is a big as KATRINA. To realise just how bad the situation is go to: http://www.goes.noaa.gov/sohemi/sohemiloops/shirgmscol.html to see the acutal real time view of what is heading towards our famiies back…

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Added by Stacey King on March 14, 2010 at 12:16pm — No Comments

Penalty if you defy the warnings - Cyclone Tomas expected to be stronger than previous cyclones

Fiji Times Online Sunday, March 14, 2010



PEOPLE who defy warnings given by the National Disaster Management Office can be penalised under the Public Emergency Regulation.



NDMO acting director Pajiliai Dobui said they were advising people to take warnings seriously.



He said they would not permit those who normally take warnings lightly to "play games".



"We will use whatever we can to ensure that our instructions and directives are followed," he… Continue

Added by Stacey King on March 14, 2010 at 9:06am — No Comments

Evacuees flee as Tomas Approaches

Sunday, March 14, 2010

A Tropical Cyclone WARNING has been issued and now in force for Northern Vanua Levu and the Northern Lau Group.



The weather status was upgraded from a Cyclone Alert to a Cyclone Warning…
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Added by Stacey King on March 14, 2010 at 8:41am — No Comments

Tomas coming slow, but getting stronger

Saturday, March 13, 2010

Taken from / By: Google…

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Added by Stacey King on March 13, 2010 at 5:01pm — No Comments

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