Emergency Message for U.S. Citizens: Flood and Heavy Rain Warnings

The U.S. Embassy in Suva, Fiji, informs U.S. citizens residing in or visiting our consular district (Fiji, Kiribati, Nauru, Tonga, Tuvalu, French Polynesia, New Caledonia, and Wallis & Futuna) of a pair of weather systems that are forecast to continue affecting the whole of Fiji. Tropical Disturbance 09F situated southeast of Kadavu is forecast to cause heavy rain with the potential for flash flooding in low lying areas.  In addition, another low pressure system to the west of Fiji is forecast to affect the country from Friday onwards.

Regional meteorological services have issued a heavy rain warning for all islands, a flood warning for Rakiraki, Votualevu, and Nadi areas and a flood alert for low lying areas around Ba and Semo Rivers.  Heavy rainfall, flooding, and strong swells are expected.  All U.S. citizens living in or traveling in Fiji should monitor local weather reports, follow directions from local officials, and take other appropriate actions as needed. For persons traveling in Fiji, please inform family and friends of your whereabouts and remain in close contact with your tour operator, hotel staff, transportation providers (airlines, cruise lines, etc.), and local officials for evacuation instructions.

For more information on this storm you should visit the following weather tracking websites: Na DrakiFiji Meteorological Service, or the National Weather Service’s Central Pacific Hurricane Center.

For information on tropical cyclones in the South Pacific region generally, consult the Joint Typhoon Warning Center, the National Weather Service’s Central Pacific Hurricane Center, the Government of Fiji’s Regional Specialized Meteorological Center, or the Government of Australia’s Bureau of Meteorology. 

For further information about tropical cyclone preparedness, please visit the State Department’s Tropical Season – Know Before You Go and Natural Disaster webpages, and NOAA’s Tropical Cyclones Preparedness Guide. 

While we do our best to assist U.S. citizens in a crisis, local authorities bear primary responsibility for the safety and well-being of people living or traveling in their countries.  For more information, please visit our What the State Department Can and Can’t Do in a Crisis page.

 For further information on travel in the Embassy Suva consular district:

  • See the State Department’s travel websitefor the latest Worldwide Caution, Travel Warnings, Travel Alerts, and Country Specific Information.
  • Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program(STEP) to receive security messages and make it easier to locate you in an emergency.
  • Contact the U.S. Embassy in Suva, located at 158 Princes Road, Tamavua, Suva, Fiji, at +679 331 4466, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.Monday through Friday or email the American Citizens Services unit at SuvaACS@state.gov.  After-hours emergency number for U.S. citizens is +679 772 8049.
  • For emergencies involving American citizens, you can also call 1-888-407-4747toll-free in the United States and Canada or 1-202-501-4444 from other countries from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time, Mondaythrough Friday (except U.S. federal holidays).