The Fiji National Provident Fund will suspend inspection of flood affected areas in the Western Division from this afternoon.

All FNPF Offices in the Western Division will also close for business this afternoon from 1pm; all remaining offices will close from 3pm.

Chief Executive Officer Jaoji Koroi said FNPF teams are mindful of the adverse weather and are taking the necessary precautionary measures.

He adds that inspection will resume and FNPF offices will open when the weather improves.

“Teams will continue to process applications that have been received, despite the suspension of inspection and closure of offices.”

“We have paid out 701 applications to date, totaling $572, 000,” said Mr. Koroi.

FNPF Inspectors have issued more than 4,000 Natural Disaster Assistance forms to date and have been issuing more than 1,000 forms daily.

“Our teams are doing their best to provide the necessary assistance to members in the worst affected areas in the Western Division.”

“With the weather continuing to worsen, we are taking heed of the advisories from the disaster response agencies and suspending our services in the West.”

Meanwhile, members have been advised that forms for flood assistance are not issued by any other parties except the FNPF Inspection teams.

FNPF continues to advise members to take note of the inspection schedules in their areas and ensure they are home when the teams visit their homes.

FNPF teams were deployed to the worst affected areas in the Western Division last week.