25 Jan 2012

Emergency declaration still possible amid Fiji flooding

12:38 pm on 25 January 2012

The interim government in Fiji is not ruling out declaring a state of emergency, as it assesses information from flood-stricken parts of the country.

The regime has not declared a state of emergency in the western part of the main island of Viti Levu despite a plea by the official in charge of the Western Division.

The Ministry of Information's Permanent Secretary, Sharon Smith-Johns, says although a state of emergency has not been declared, the authorities are not ruling it out.

"We have to just keep assessing the situation. As you know it's still raining up in Nadi. The rivers are still rising and it's really an hour by hour call in a lot of these things."

Sharon Smith-Johns says authorities are still awaiting assessments from many rural flood-affected areas.