15 Apr 2004

Fresh flooding causes more problems in Fiji

8:13 am on 15 April 2004

The flood situation in Fiji has worsened with the Queens Highway to Nadi and Lautoka closed for the first time in the past week.

Radio Legend reports that long stretches of the highway in and around the Navua flats are under one metre of water this morning.

A landslide has also been reported from Korovisilou village about thirty kilometres away which had to be completely rebuilt after total devestation in an earlier flood in 1980

More details are expected after daybreak.

Meanwhile, more heavy rain has been reported from the Ra and Tailevu provinces and many roads and bridges are under water and closed to traffic.

About a hundred more people were forced to abandon their homes last night and join several hundred others who have been sheltering in evacuation cantres since last week's floods destroyed their homes.

Some villages cut off by landslies are reported to be short of food and officials will try to clear their way through with relief supplies today.