26 Jan 2012

Fiji Red Cross concerned about spread of disease

3:32 pm on 26 January 2012

The Red Cross in Fiji is concerned about the spread of disease and damage to crops that the flooding could have caused in Western parts of the country.

Six people died as a result of heavy flooding in areas of Nadi, Ba, and Rakiraki.

The rain has eased today and the Red Cross acting director Christopher Ho, says staff are doing assessments as well as providing initial relief in the form of clothing, cooking utensils and first-aid treatment.

He says they are also concerned about the potential spread of disease.

"We are actually briefing communities on health awareness issues that may arise from the effects of the flooding and the water related illnesses. I think we were in the thick of our dengue fever season as well as we were getting typhoid issues in parts of our country."

Christopher Ho says many crops are under water.