Safety warning as heavy rain brings flooding, landslides
The Disaster Management Office has urged members of the public all over Samoa to exercise extreme caution as heavy rain continues. Members of the public living in low lying areas prone to flooding have also been urged to evacuate.
A night of relentless downpours has led to flooding in parts of the Apia Township and landslides in other vulnerable parts of the country. River banks have burst and traffic has been brought to a complete stop in some places.
On Thursday night, the authorities urged residents living in low-lying areas that are vulnerable to flooding to evacuate.
Several public services have also been closed due to Friday’s severe weather conditions, authorities announced.
In a statement issued on Friday morning, the Public Service Commission said that all but “essential services employees” were advised to stay home.
Those employees who were already at their place of work were advised to return when it was safe to do so.
Meanwhile, Chief Executive Officers of Government Ministries will be on standby for any request for assistance from the National Emergency Operations Centre (N.E.O.C). Those from essential service Ministries should seek to manage any emergencies in coordination with the N.E.O.C., the statement said.
The bad weather is the result of "another active" convergence zone, according to the latest weather report from the Samoa Meteorology Office. Two cyclones are also circulating the Pacific, one over Fiji and another heading towards Tonga.
In the meantime, the new convergence zone remains slow moving from the west of Savai’i over the Samoa bringing associated rain and gusty winds.
“Periods of rain with heavy falls and thunderstorms as well as gusty winds are anticipated for today,” the report reads.
“Increasing combine waves and swells of more than 4 metres are expected to impact coastal to open waters and will generate very rough seas and high surf for all of Samoa. Therefore, valid warnings and advisories will remain for the country.”
In the meantime, the D.M.O. has advised the travelling public be extra cautious.
“Early morning update from our Water Resources Division monitoring team. Observed overtopped drainages along Vailima road.
“We urge the travelling public to be cautious along these areas. As we experience further rainfall, it is advised that you remain vigilant, drive slow and keep calm. Alternative routes are encouraged if you are unsure of your safety along this area.”
Contact 911 or 997 for emergency help.
Latest weather forecast:
FA’AMATALAGA O UIGA LOULOUĀ (D02) OLE TAU MO LAUFANUA MA GATAIFALE O SAMOA.
FA’AMAUINA E LE OFISA O LE VA’AI-TAU I LE ITULA E 5:00 I LE TAEAO NEI ASO FARAILE 18 TESEMA 2020
FA’AMALOSIA: LAPATA’IGA O TIMUGA MAMAFA. FA’AMALOSIA: LAPATA’IGA MO OGASAMI. FA’AMALOSIA: LAPATA’IGA O LOLOGA. FA’AMALOSIA: FAUTUAGA O SAVILI MALOLOSI FA’AMALOSIA: FAUTUAGA O LOLOGA I NOFOAGA TŪ MATAFAGA FA’AMALOSIA: FAUTUAGA O GALU FAFATI MAUALULUGA.
O le vaega fa’atupula’ia o fetaia’iga o savili ma timuga o lo’o aga’i malie mai i Sisifo o Savai’i aga’i i luga o le atunu’u fa’atasi ai timuga ma savili e tō fa’ata’uta’u. E mamafa timuga i nisi o taimi fa’apea uila ma faititili aemaise savili fa’ata’uta’u mo le āso. E fa’asolo ina fa’atupula’ia le maualuluga o galu ma āuma e ō’o atu i le 4 mita pe sili atu i ‘ogasami ma āfua ai ona si’isi’i ma sousou le sami fa’apea galu e fafati maualuluga. O lo’o fa’atumauina uma Lapata’iga ma Fautuaga e pei ona ta’ua i luga ona o tulaga loulouā o le tau.
A’afiaga mo le Atunu’u:
E mamafa timuga ma e puaoa, e fa’ata’uta’u savili i timuga, e mase’ese’e ma puaoa auala i nofoaga maualuluga, ma e lolovaia nofoaga i tafatafāala. E matuā sousou le sami ma fafati maualuluga galu. E tatafe vaitafe ma e iai ‘ele’ele solo i nofoaga e a’afia-gofie.
(O le isi fa’amatalaga o uīga loulouā o le tau ole‘ā tu’uina atu i le itula e 5:00 i le afiafi.)
PUBLIC AND MARINE SEVERE WEATHER INFORMATION (D02) FOR SAMOA ISSUED BY THE SAMOA METEOROLOGICAL DIVISION AT 5:00 AM
FRIDAY 18th DECEMBER 2020.
VALID: HEAVY RAIN WARNING VALID: MARINE WARNING VALID: FLOOD WARNING VALID: WIND ADVISORY VALID: COASTAL FLOOD ADVISORY VALID: HIGH SURF ADVISORY
Another active convergence zone remains slow moving from the west of Savai’i over the group with associated rain and gusty winds. Periods of rain with heavy falls and thunderstorms as well as gusty winds are anticipated for today. Increasing combine waves and swells of more than 4 metres are expected to impact coastal to open waters and will generate very rough seas and high surf for all of Samoa. Therefore, valid warnings and advisories will remain for the country.
Heavy downpours with poor visibility, gusty winds, foggy and slippery roads over mountain passes and ranges, pooling near roadsides and waterways. Very rough seas and high surf, with possible coastal flooding to exposed locations. River overflows and landslides.
(The next severe weather information will be issued at 5:00 pm) *******************************************