5 Jun 2004

Rescuers pluck pair from tree in Fiji floods

9:17 am on 5 June 2004

Two teenage students have been rescued from the top of a tree, as more flooding affects the south east of Fiji's main island, Viti Levu.

The rescue took place near heavily-flooded Korovou town in Tailevu.

Thirty other students at Tailevu High School had to sleep in their classrooms last night as flood waters cut off their way home.

In nearby areas hundreds of men, women and children were sheltering in emergency evacuation centres as their homes went under water.

Landslides have stranded motorists, many roads and bridges remain under water and the main Kings Highway is again cut off.

The latest crisis follows several days of heavy rain and comes just six weeks after the same areas were devastated by the April floods with rehabilitation work still to be done.

The minister for regional development, Ilaitia Tuisese, has blamed disaster management officials for failing to issue a flood warning.