Travellers on Fiji’s main islands have been left with no choice but to use their phones to communicate with their loved ones during the island’s recent volcanic eruption, a new report says.
The country’s government has been unable to reach out to those stranded in the country’s capital, Fijian capital Port Loko, after the volcano erupted on Sunday.
“If the authorities cannot reach people, they have to use mobile phones, which they have had to do since the eruption,” said Marissa Fisichella, a spokesperson for Fiji’s Disaster Management Department.
“The use of mobile phones is a major factor, as people are unable to see their loved one at home.”
Fiji’s disaster management department says the volcano was triggered by a volcanic ash cloud falling onto the Pacific Ocean.