18 Feb 2009

Fiji is still battling with aftermaths of last months floods

12:12 pm on 18 February 2009

Fiji is still battling with the aftermath of last months floods that killed eleven people and left hundreds of others homeless.

Many people are rebuilding their homes and food gardens, and health officials are battling water borne illnesses.

The country has been battered by many floods in recent times and the century's highest rainfall last month.

A retired Victoria University associate professor for geography, Ray Watters, says the floods are not only the result of global warming, but poor land use.

"These terrible floods illustrate the failure of government policy to institute proper land use planning. Fiji is the only country in the South Pacific which has a proper land policy. The government has not got the political will to institute laws on the statute book. One of the important things for Fiji is for the government to start working."

Ray Watters says this could include the resettlement of whole villages or towns that are built close to sea level.