4 Jun 2004

Further flooding in Fiji areas devastated in April

3:25 pm on 4 June 2004

There is renewed flooding in the south east of Fiji's main island, Viti Levu, just six weeks after the same areas were devastated by earlier flooding.

This follows several days of continuous rain.

Radio Legend reports that Korovou town in Tailevu is completely cut off by flood waters, homes and nearby villages are under water, and at least 300 people are stranded.

Already two evacuation centres are operating and district officials have appealed to boat owners to help in rescuing the stranded before nightfall.

Many roads and bridges in Tailevu and Naitasiri are under water up to 4 metres high and the main Kings Highway is again closed.

To the west of Suva, the Navua River is rising, several roads are under water and closed, and Navua town is under threat again.

More rain is predicted for the next 24 to 48 hours.