13 Apr 2018

Body of missing Fiji man found after cyclone

7:11 am on 13 April 2018

The body of a man missing in Fiji's recent flooding has been found.

The 67-year-old farmer had been missing since last week and his body was found floating in the river near Tavua, one of the worst hit areas.

Ranjana Devi's house engulfed by swollen creek rivers

Ranjana Devi's house engulfed by swollen creek rivers Photo: supplied

Eight people were confirmed dead in the immediate aftermath of the two cyclones and heavy rain which has struck Fiji in the last two weeks.

Meanwhile, miraculous stories of survival have surfaced, including that of Ranjana Devi and her family who live near Ba.

She and her son survived a deluge of water into their house by floating on a bed as the swollen creek waters rose.

"We were fighting for our life, yeh, nearly died. Another two or three minutes, we could [have been] washed away with the water," Ms Devi said.

She said although they had lost everything and had no insurance, they planned to rebuild, taking into account the more frequent intense weather in Fiji.

Ranjana Devi and her husband Sanjay Dev Kumar

Ranjana Devi and her husband Sanjay Dev Kumar Photo: RNZ Pacific / Sally Round

Rakiraki flood woes being dealt with says chamber

The president of the Rakiraki Chamber of Commerce in Fiji is hopeful river dredging will start in a matter of weeks and relieve the town which has been hard hit by floods.

George Shiu Raj said the town had lost about two million dollars with several major floods this year.

He said it was fortunate low tide coincided with this week's event during Cyclone Keni.

He was confident once the dredging was underway the problems for residents and business would be alleviated.

"We were very fortunate that an allocation by the government has been given to us, five million dollars," Mr Rai said.

"The contract has been given to the China Railway for dredging the river.

"It might happen within say three or four weeks time. China Railway has been contracted. The contract has been signed," he said.