20 Sep 2018

Water carting continues to parched Fiji islands

7:23 am on 20 September 2018

Fiji's Water Authority says it is continuing its water carting exercise to rural and maritime areas in response to the country's dry spell.

It said the vessel Sigavou has completed delivery to islands in the Lomaiviti group and carting to Northern Lau began last week.

The National Disaster Management Office said it was monitoring the situation and has received requests for help from the South Lau group which it will respond to once water needs are verified.

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Photo: RNZI / Johnny Blades

Over a million litres of water has been delivered to islands in the Yasawa group.

Local media reported some children have resorted to washing in the sea and locals on Galoa Island were struggling to get fresh water from a broken mainland pipe only accessible at low tide.

Last week Fiji's Meterological Service said Fiji had been significantly dry in July and August, particularly in the west, and the country would need quite a bit of the predicted rainfall over the next three months for current conditions to be overcome.

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