6 Feb 2006

Labasa in Fiji hit by second round of flooding in a week

9:37 am on 6 February 2006

A second round of floods in Fiji's northern division in less than a week has devastated low lying areas in and around Labasa.

Cane farms and food gardens are under water, roads are closed and hundreds of adults and children have been forced to seek shelter in emergency evacuation shelters.

Police and fire services had to rescue people from their homes as rising waters threatened their lives.

Some schools have been flooded and with travel dangerous, the education ministry has advised head teachers and principals to use their discretion to assess risk before deciding to open for the day.

Earlier, a woman and her two young children aged 4 and 2 were killed when their house was buried in a landslide at Vunivau in Labasa.

Her husband is fighting for his life in hospital.

Another death was confirmed when the body of 40-year old man, who was believed to have been trying to cross the Waiqele, River was found floating in the water.

The Nadi Weather Centre is predicting more heavy rain in the north and west today and says a flash flood warning remains in force.