11 Apr 2012

Damage from Fiji floods may be double 2009 disaster

3:30 pm on 11 April 2012

Fiji officials believe the cost of the damage from recent floods in the commercial hub, Nadi, may be almost double what it was after severe flooding in 2009.

Flooding in parts of Viti Levu over the past couple of weeks killed at least six people, forced thousands into evacuation centres and caused widespread damage to homes, businesses and infrastructure.

The Special Administrator for Nadi and Sigatoka, Aisea Tuidraki, says the 2009 flood was previously the worst on record and caused about 70 million US dollars' worth of damage.

But he says in the recent flooding water levels in some places were more than a metre higher.

"There was not really much time for people to move their stuff, to set a place so there was quite a lot that went underwater and we were looking at it, we're talking to some of these people, they feel that probably it can be almost double that damage and loss."

Aisea Tuidraki says work is underway to protect Nadi against future flooding.