Flooding hits Lelata and Vaisigano, landslides warning issued

By Deidre Tautua – Fanene ,

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A convergence zone within the vicinity of Samoa has caused flooding in the Vaisigano area.

The authorities are warning members of the public to take extra care around the Lelata and Vaisigano area with the river running through there bursting this morning.

The Met Office has already issued a Heavy Rain Warning and they are updating members of the public about a tropical depression developing near Fiji and moving towards Samoa.

Families living in low lying areas have been asked to be extra careful and be prepared to evacuate to higher lands.

Members of the public have also been warned about possible landslides.

A bus reportedly in trouble at Sapapalii in Savaii as a result of the flooding and heavy rain. Photo: Laulu Pelepesite Ah See Facebook.
A bus reportedly in trouble at Sapapalii in Savaii as a result of the flooding and heavy rain. Photo: Laulu Pelepesite Ah See Facebook.

“A reminder to the travelling public to and from East Coast Road, there have been reports of landslides and debris along the road, so please be extra careful and remain vigilant when travelling along this route, considering this area is prone to landslide risks due to steep slopes etc,” a warning on the D.M.O page said.

“There's a possibility of more landslides to be affecting the area/route due to intense and heavy downpours at the moment, so please stay informed. Stay safe Samoa!”

According to an update of the weather bulletin from the Samoa Meteorology Office, there is now a Heavy Rain warning and a Wind Advisory for Samoa.

“Reminding the public to remain vigilant and cautious when traveling. People living near vulnerable areas to flooding and slides to keep an eye out. Stay safe and ensure the safety of your family.”

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