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From Fiji Times Online (12 March 2015)

Heavy rain, strong winds hit Rotuma

By Felix Chaudhary

Update: 2:30PM ROTUMA is presently experiencing heavy rain and strong winds.

George Seresio of Saulei Village said people had gone about their daily business as normal this morning until squally showers sent many running for cover.

"We woke to a beautiful day, the sun was shining and I had gone out to attend to my garden but when I returned home at about 8.30am the sky suddenly turned grey and the wind picked up," he said.

Mr Seresio said this was followed by sporadic heavy showers throughout the day.

The Fiji Meteorological Service issued a strong wind warning for land and water areas of Rotuma.

Severe Tropical Cyclone Pam was located about 1000 kilometres northwest of Nadi at 9am this morning.

The category 4 system is moving southwest at 4km an hour and is expected to lie about 820km west of Nadi tomorrow.

From Fiji Sun Online (6 March 2015)

Rotuma Hospital Construction Starts

A team of 19 Republic of Fiji Military Forces (RFMF), engineers has started construction of the new Rotuma Hospital.

The commanding officer (CO) RFMF engineers, Lieutenant-Colonel Semi Mocelutu, said Warrant Officer Class 1 (WO1) Inia Rarawa was in charge of the team of engineers.

"Altogether 19 RFMF engineers will be under WO1 Rarawa's leadership," Lieutenant-Colonel Mocelutu said.

He said the advance team had completed the clean-up and levelling of the site.

Construction would begin with the building of the administration block, the hospital kitchen and the mortuary.

Officiating at the ground-breaking ceremony last year, the Minister for Employment, Productivity and Industrial Relations, Jioji Konrote, said the hospital was a commitment that Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama made after his visit to the island last May.

Mr Konrote said the development would fulfill the aim of Government in bringing services closer to rural and maritime people and it would commit Government to make basic health services easily accessible in rural or remote communities across the country.

The hospital will cost Government about $4.6 million.

© Fiji Times Ltd.