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Two people have died and more than 2,000 evacuated after Tropical Cyclone Sarai brought strong winds and heavy rain to south-east Fiji.
The National Disaster Management Office (NDMO) in Fiji reported 1 fatality in Kadavu, while one person drowned in flood waters in Vunidawa in Naitasiri District on Viti Levu, Fiji’s main island.
Fiji Roads Authority said that 1 road was closed in the Northern Division, 21 roads closed in the Western Division and 15 roads closed in the Central Division.
The cyclone did not make landfall but its close proximity to Fiji brought strong winds and heavy rain, with Kadavu and Lau islands thought to be hardest hit. Fiji Meteorological Service reported gusts of around 150 km/h and rainfall of over 120mm in 24 hours in some areas.
As of 30 December the number of people in Evacuation Centres had fallen to under 500. NDMO said it will deploy its response team to the islands of Kadavu and Southern Lau once Sarai had moved away.
Fiji Meteorological Service said that, as of 30 December, Sarai was located about 65km east of Ono-i-Lau or 210 km south-southeast of Kabara. Cyclone Sarai is expected to exit Fiji water by 31 December and move towards Tonga.
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Floods in Hayle, Cornwall, December 2019. Photo: Photo: St Ives Community Fire Station
Further heavy rain from 19 to 20 December flooded roads in parts of South East England. Heavy rain also triggered landslips along railway lines, severely disrupting train services, according to BBC reports.
Flooding caused chaos on roads in Essex, Cambridgeshire and Suffolk in East England. Parts of the M23 motorway near Crawley were closed, disrupting traffic to Gatwick Airport.
Drivers were rescued from flood waters near Bishop’s Stortford, Essex, and also in Suffolk, West Sussex and Kent. The small town of Edenbridge in Kent was flooded after the River Eden burst its banks.
Heavy rain and strong winds hit parts of southern England from 18 to 19 December, 2019, causing flash flooding which damaged homes and disrupted transport.
The worst hit area was Hayle in Cornwall, where as many as 50 homes and businesses were flooded. Cornwall Fire and Rescue were called in to help pump flooded areas.
A major road near Hayle was closed due to flooding, prompting Devon and Cornwall Police to declare a major incident. Several vehicles were stranded in the flood water. The road has since re-opened.
Devon and Cornwall Police said: “Due to recent heavy rain there is localised flooding across Devon and Cornwall making a number of roads impassable. Stay safe, drive with extra care, take notice of road closure signs and avoid driving into standing water at all times.”
Roads were also flooded near Dorchester in Dorset. Rail travel was disrupted after flooding near Southampton blocked railway lines and heavy rain triggered a landslip blocking railway tracks in Liss, Hampshire.
The UK’s Met Office has issued Yellow Level warnings for rain in parts of southern and eastern England until 22 December. As of 20 December there were 47 flood warnings and 194 flood alerts in place across England, mostly in the south and west.
Meanwhile media in Ireland reported that a storm, named Storm Elsa, caused flooding on the west coast late on 18 December, 2109. Storm surge, high waves combined with a high tide swamped parts of Galway City, including Salthill, The Spanish Arch and The Galway Docks. Dozens of cars were damaged.
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