15th November 08:31 AM
NDMO assessment team returns from Kadavu and submits preliminary assessment report
By Iva Danford/Navitalai Naivalurua
Tuesday 05/11/2019

The National Disaster Management Office assessment team that left for Kadavu last week has returned and submitted a preliminary assessment report.

This has been confirmed to Fijivillage by the NDMO Emergency Planning Officer Litiana Bainimarama.

Bainimarama says the team did on the ground assessments in terms of geological technical surveys.

She says within a week, they should be able to provide a comprehensive report to make informative decisions on the high-risk areas that could be affected by the landslide on Mount Washington in Kadavu.

Bainimarama says the team has also done assessments on the water sources that were damaged during the earthquake.

This assessment team also consisted of officials from the Mineral Resources Department, Ministry of Education, Water Authority of Fiji, Empower Pacific and SPC.

They are expected to come out with a full safety and security assessment for the villages located at the foot of Mount Washington.

This is following the landslides on Mount Washington, the eruptions underwater, and the aftershocks following the 5.3 magnitude earthquake.

The closest village to Mount Washington is Nabukelevu-I-Ra which is 6 kilometres from the mountain.

The villagers were also been advised not to go to the landslide site.

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