3 Jul 2002

Fiji expected to lift warning over swells later today

4:41 pm on 3 July 2002

The National Disaster Management office in Fiji says it expects to lift its warning on heavy swells later today.

Joeli Rokovada, the director of the NDMO, says people in 11 villages in low-lying coastal areas left their homes for higher ground following the warning and several schools were closed.

Waves of up to 7 metres lashed the shores on the Coral Coast of Viti Levu and other southern islands.

Mr Rokovada says updated technology and better systems enabled the NMDO to warn communities in time.

"Schools have resumed normal classes.So all the other areas are open. At the moment, business is back to normal.We are still warning the mariners and members of the community to exercise extreme caution. I think it's going to remain in place up to late in the day and it should be issuing an official notification, lifting the warning and all the other related notices, sometime later in the day"