Fiji declares state of disaster due to severe flooding

by Tiffany Millar on January 30, 2012

A state of disaster has been declared in parts of Fiji’s largest island due to the flooding and landslides that killed six people while displacing thousands.

Government officials say that 3,500 people have had to be put up in temporary shelters. Fiji’s largest island, Viti Levu, is where the flooding has affected the most, which is why the state of disaster only applies to its western regions.

The rain, which has been going on since the weekend before last, has inundated roads while cutting water and power supplies of some communities. Fiji’s Disaster Management Office declared that Nadi Lautoka, Rakiraki, Ba, and Sigatoka are all in states of disaster.

Sharon Smith-Johns, the government’s permanent secretary of information, said that six people in total have already been reported dead by Wednesday. This amount is inclusive of a family of four as well as two farmers on Viti Levu and Vanua Levu, the latter of which was trying to rescue livestock.

Already, New Zealand has pledged $286,000 in initial flood aid that is immediately available to Fiji’s Red Cross. Murray McCully, the Foreign Minister, explained that his country is working close with relief agencies as well as neighbouring Australia, a country that is home to thousands of citizens that head to Fiji on holiday every year, and the French government.

Comments on this entry are closed.

Previous post: Airport unveil new improvements plot

Next post: Thames Estuary Airport potential bird strike details revealed