Flood, heavy rain warnings issued

The Samoa Meteorology Division has issued a heavy rain and flood warning for all of Samoa as it continues to monitor a low pressure system southeast of Fiji islands.

The Meteorology Division also issued a marine advisory in a weather update issued at 5pm Tuesday (local time).

It said a low pressure system located to the southeast of Fiji Islands is currently connected to an active convergence zone located over Samoa.

The Division also forecast that the system remains to provide gusty winds and numerous showers with heavy falls causing flooding on Tuesday night and Wednesday.

In addition, the Meteorology Division added that the latest wave observation show waves and swells increasing up to 2.5 metres or more for marine waters.

Therefore the heavy rain warning and marine advisory remains in effect. A flood warning is also now in force for all major rivers and vulnerable locations.

Potential impact include: heavy downpours with poor visibility, gusty winds, foggy and slippery roads over mountain passes and ranges, pooling near roadsides and waterways.

Other impacts could be river overflows and landslides; and strong currents and rough seas.

A mother of three, Telesia Leilani, who lives around the Apia town area, expressed her concerns at projections of more flooding due to heavy rain.

“I know Samoa is currently in its cyclone season but with more rain comes the fear of flooding,” she said. “I pray that Samoa will not be affected with more floods.”

She said their home was badly after the two recent floods.

An elderly father who lives around Vaimea, Tino Lemi, said if it floods again their family will have problems travelling.

“Some parts of the town area are prone to flooding, we do not know who to blame but then we cannot control the weather. I am worried about my family during these times because we continue to suffer if it will continue to flood.”

In case of any flooding, the Ministry of Health (M.O.H.) has advised members of the public to gather enough emergency supplies such as non-perishable items as well as medication in case floods worsen.

Additionally, caretakers need to ensure elderly and people living with a disability are looked after and have a good supply of medication.

While mothers continue breastfeeding babies and young children it’s safer than preparing infant formula and healthier.

In addition, to ensure important documents such as passports, immunization records are safe and sealed in a plastic bag or container.

“Do not allow children to swim or play in flood water this is to avoid injury, waterborne diseases and drowning.

“All family members need to wear dry-warm clothes to avoid illness. Pack an emergency bag with all basic needs in case you need to evacuate." 

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