13 Apr 2004

Fiji weather expert says more floods may be on the way

8:14 am on 13 April 2004

Fiji has been warned of the danger of more flash floods in the wake of last Thursday's floods which left ten confirmed dead and at least ten missing.

The director of meteorology, Rajendra Prasad, says another depression to the north west of Fiji is drifting over the group and will bring more rain to already moisture laden soils.

Schools in the worst affected area of north west Viti Levu will remain closed this week as many are being used as evacuation centres to house people whose homes were washed away or severely damaged by flood waters.

The stretch of the main highway between Rakiraki and Tailevu, which was blocked by seventeen landslides, remains closed until Public Works Department engineers have completed a survey of the damage.

The Fiji Red Cross has helped over 3,300 people with food and clothing but has run out of funds after receiving only 100 dollars over the weekend for flood relief.

The government has begun providinf some food for people in evacuation centres and those who lost everything in the devestation.

But state assistance will be decided on after disaster officials meet in Suva today to discuss damage assessment reports.

Meanwhile concern is rising about diseases such as dysentery and leptosporosis resulting from contaminated water supplies.