22 Dec 2016

Fiji water supplies could take two weeks to repair

4:02 pm on 22 December 2016

Fiji's Water Authority says it could take up to two weeks for utilities to be fully repaired after flooding hit the country.

A Fiji Red Cross team assesses Waivou village, Fiji after a week of flooding in December 2016.

A Fiji Red Cross team assesses Waivou village, Fiji after a week of flooding in December 2016. Photo: Fiji Red Cross

Authority Acting Chief Executive Saman Ekanayake says many water plants and sources had been submerged in water.

Mr Ekanayake says most of the Authority locations had been repaired and were back online.

However he says a major station supplying the capital Suva had been severely damaged by a landslide which meant nearly 50,000 people were still facing disruptions.

Flooding in the Fiji town of Rakiraki

Flooding in the Fiji town of Rakiraki Photo: Fiji Village/Rizwan Asgar

"We have to repair the pipeline, we have to stabilise the soil there. So we are working on it. In the meantime there are some other sources so we are getting water from those sources and we are arranging watercarts for all those affected areas. There are 18 watercart trucks running now," said Saman Ekanayake.

The Water Authority estimates the floods caused more than $US 840,000 worth of damage to its systems.