27 Apr 2004

Fiji's government says more money is needed to help flood victims

7:36 am on 27 April 2004

The Fiji government has revised its estimate of the money required for relief provisions for this month's flood victims to 5 point 4 million US dollars.

The Home Affairs Minister, Joketani Cokanasiga, has told Fiji TV that the amount will provide basic food rations for the next four months and will be reviewed every month.

Earlier, officials had given much lower figures of around one point six million dollars.

Mr Cokanasiga says if more money is needed, the government will seek parliamentary approval for extra funding.

Coupled with the sudden additional expenses of at least 850 thousand US dollars for the state funeral of the former president, Ratu Sir Kamisese Mara, Fiji government finances could come under strain.