9 May 2012

Food rations still vital in Fiji flood aftermath

4:39 am on 9 May 2012

Five weeks after devastating floods in Fiji, government food rations remain the main means of survival for many in the hard-hit Nadi area.

The floods killed six and displaced thousands in the country's Western Division.

Sally Round reports from Nadi.

"A tour of villages and farms around Nadi revealed many were living on strict rations, with some still waiting for food aid and other relief. Tinned fish, rice, flour and other basics from the government have replaced traditional food like kassava. The devastated root crop must be replanted and it's months before harvest. A subsistence farmer told me they eke out their rations and sometimes go hungry. Even those with jobs say food assistance has been vital with high living costs and lost income. One family of nine dependant on ten acres of sugar cane is hungry, desperate and angry after floodwaters devastated their crop, their land now useless due to encroaching seawater and little immediate action from authorities."