7 Oct 2014

Much needed rain eases Fiji drought risk

7:05 am on 7 October 2014

Fiji's National Disaster Management Office says a dry spell that threatened to develop into a drought in parts of the country is showing signs of easing.

After coming close to declaring a state of disaster in some parts, recent rainfall has allayed fears as resevoirs have filled, however the difficulties are not over yet.

The NDMO's director, Manasa Tagicakibau says the current challenge is to provide enough water to rural areas.

"These are areas that rely on storage water, rain water or underground water like bore holes, eh. These are the people that are still affected by the prolonged dry season."

Manasa Tagicakibau says while Fiji has avoided a drought for now, it is still the dry season and the current El Nino pattern could settle in.