24 Jan 2012

Heavy rain in Fiji forecast until Thursday as flooding continues

6:09 am on 24 January 2012

Floodwaters in Fiji are continuing to rise, closing off roads and forcing people out of their homes as heavy rain continues to fall.

At least a thousand people in the West of Viti Levu are reported to have been evacuated.

A spokesperson for Fiji's Meteorological Service, Derry Atalifo, says the tropical depression bringing the heavy rain is now not forecast to move off the country until Thursday.

He says low lying areas and those near rivers are being affected:

"The whole of western division, Nadi, Lautoka, Ba, there are some reports, especially the town in areas close to the river there's areas been flooded."

Fiji police are urging parents to supervise their children at all times.