9 Mar 2007

Flooding in Fiji's north-west forces evacuations

7:51 pm on 9 March 2007

Heavy rain caused widespread flooding in Fiji's north-western town of Rakiraki today, forcing at least 50 people to seek shelter at an evacuation centre.

Ra District Officer, Josefa Kama, told Fijilive earlier today that three villages in the Viti Levu town had been badly affected and they were expecting more families to seek shelter.

Mr Kama said at one point the town was under a metre of water, but flood waters were slowly receding as rainfall eased around midday.

He said an evacuation centre had been set up at the government's quarters in Rakiraki and schools were being used as shelters.

He said that all shops and schools had been closed and workers were sent home until further notice.