29 Sep 2005

Fiji flooding closes schools

1:47 pm on 29 September 2005

Fiji's education ministry has ordered the closure of all schools in the country's Central Division in the southern half of the main island as flood waters rise after continuous heavy rain.

Radio Legend reports that education officials have called on parents to arrange the safe transport home of their children as bus transport in some areas has been suspended.

The schools will remain closed indefinitely until they are advised to re-open.

Flooding has been reported from the Tailevu area in the east to past Pacific Harbour in the west with rivers bursting their banks and water in thousands of homes.

Many people are stranded in their homes.

Disaster authorities have set up several evacuation centres in Navua and the outskirts of Suva and police have asked people in low-lying areas to move before nightfall.

The heavy rain is expected to continue until the weekend.