9 Sep 2010

Fiji interim Prime Minister to make call on drought

4:08 pm on 9 September 2010

Fiji's interim Prime Minister is to decide whether to declare an official drought, following today's meeting at which it was agreed the condition affects the whole country.

The manager of the Climate Services division of Fiji's Meterological Service, Dr Sushil Sharma, says the Drought Steering Committee, heads of hydrology and agriculture and permanent secretaries met to consider his submission on the issue.

Dr Sharma says as drought's affecting some areas more than others, Commodore Frank Bainimarama will have to make a call to make as to which should be placed under drought warning.

"I as a meterologist feel probably the Western, Northern and most of the outlying islands and the Lau group, Yasawa and Mamanuca that would be included. Probably from the look of things, South-Eastern and Central parts of Viti Levu, Suva, Nausori areas may not come under that."

Dr Sushil Sharma says as soon as a drought's declared, international and Prime Ministerial aid can be provided.