25 Jan 2012

Rain in Fiji eases but more forecast for weekend

7:54 pm on 25 January 2012

Rain has begun to ease in Fiji's flood-hit west, although more rain is forecast for the weekend.

The government is still not ruling out declaring a state of emergency.

Megan Whelan reports

"The Government's spokesperson, Sharon Smith-Johns says authorities are continuing to assess the situation, and are waiting on reports from flood-hit areas. The chief executive of the Cane Growers Council, Sundresh Chetty, says his organisation will be out assessing both crops and infrastructure as soon as roads are accessible. The Fiji Metservice says the trough of low pressure has weakened, and is now heading north, but more rain is likely towards the end of the week in the west. This afternoon, rain has begun to fall in the interior and Eastern parts of Fiji's main island of Viti Levu, and local media reports the Rewa River level has risen well above its normal level. The police say people living in the low lying areas near the river should take necessary precautions now."