5 Apr 2012

Focus in Fiji on returning students to schools being used for evacuees

3:41 pm on 5 April 2012

Fiji's Western Division Commissioner says the main focus now is to get the schools that are being used as evacuation centres ready for the return of students after Easter.

Flooding on the main island of Viti Levu over the past week has driven thousands of people from their homes, with disaster authorities now putting the number of evacuees between seven and eight thousand.

Joeli Cawaki says the authorities are not trying to force people to go home.

"The message to them is to when the homes are ready, when the homes are ready, then they can move back. Our priority is to have the schools ready by Tuesday next week. But we are also looking at other alternatives to the schools like churches and community halls."

Joeli Cawaki says although rain is forecast for the weekend it's only expected to be light.