16 Apr 2004

Evacuation of Fiji flood victims continues through the night

8:17 am on 16 April 2004

The evacuation of people from flooded areas in the south of Fiji's main island, Viti Levu, has continued during the night with troops and the navy helping move people to evacuation centres.

Meanwhile the country's largest river the Rewa, has burst its bank flooding low-lying villages

With more details of the situation here's our Suva correspondent, Shiu Singh....

"Flooding is continuing in the Rewa delt, and the Tailevu and Nausori provinces with numerous roads and bridges closed. Schools are closed and public servants in flood-affected areas have been advised to stay at home and help in the evacuation. People living in the flats around Nausori airport are reported to be ready to evacuate their homes if the water rises any further. In Navua, 40 kilometres to the west of Suva, water levels are receding and the town is covered with silt and debris. Water, electricity and telecommunications services remain cut off. 14 evacuation centres have been set up in and around Navua with more than 1,900 people already taking shelter. The number is increasing. Although rain eased last night, the weather office is predicting more heavy falls this afternoon."