The Royal Solomon Island Police Force (RSIPF) and the weather office in the country have reminded members of the public to take extra precautionary measures as cyclone Lucas is expected to affect the country today.
RSIPF Assistance Commissioner (AC) Joseph Manelugu on Sunday issued the advice during the national talk-back show over the national broadcaster, Sunday.
“I want to advise our people, especially those who live close to rivers, coastal areas to take precautions.
“Plan where you go, and always check for weather updates before going out,” he said.
He also warned the boat travellers not to travel, but to check for weather updates from Solomon Islands Meteorological Service before traveling.
According to the Met office, Cyclone Lucas is expected to affect the country today.
Cyclone Lucas has been named by Australia Met Service.
The cyclone expects to move over the southern waters of the country near Renbel Province later today, the weather office said.
“The bad weather will bring heavy rain so watch out for possible flooding and landslides,” the weather office said.
RSIPF Commissioner Mostyn Mangau last week said, it’s important for people to avoid walking or driving through floodwaters. Avoid camping or parking along streams, rivers, and creeks during heavy rainfall. These areas can flood quickly and with little warning.
“If there is a chance of flash flooding, move immediately to higher grounds. Flash floods can cause weather-related deaths.”
Commissioner Mangau added, vehicle drivers and out boat motor (OBM) skippers when driving along the road and travelling between the islands must take extra care during the bad weather currently affecting the country.
“Police like to remind public that travelling at high speed on our roads must be discouraged and OBM drivers must assess the weather before embarking on any trip.”
The police chief added; “OBM skippers must ensure they have the required safety equipment before travelling to other islands. Stay onshore during bad weather and notify members of your family where you are going and what time you are expected to arrive at your destination. Listen to the weather report on SIBC and other radio stations.
“It is good and important that drivers and skippers must always put safety first before travelling on our roads and between our islands,” said Commissioner Mangau.
Meanwhile, Manelugu also took time to thank his officers who have been deployed to the border for the monthly basis program.
“They have left their families and go border to do work they’re assigned for,” he said.
He said the deployment of officers to borders is under a one-month deployment program.
He acknowledges them for their good job.
By LACHLAN EDDIE