15 Jan 2009

Fiji seeks help to cope with flooding aftermath

5:01 pm on 15 January 2009

Fiji's interim government has now formally asked for assistance from the rest of the world, as it struggles to help the thousands left homeless in the flooding.

Until now international relief had been coming in through the Red Cross and going straight to those in need, but this new request is for government-to-government funding.

The death toll after nearly a week of rain and flooding is 11.

A group of 24 people reported missing at sea yesterday has been found safe and well.

The National Disaster Management says the 122 evacuation centres dealing with the floods now shelter just under 10,000 evacuees.

The damage in Nadi is now estimated to exceed 50 million US dollars.

The rehabilitation effort is hampered by a lack of electricity.