13 Jan 2009

Further flooding expected - Fiji police

6:02 am on 13 January 2009

Police in Fiji say they're prepared for further flooding in areas already declared disaster zones.

Nadi, Ba and Sigatoka are the worst affected towns on Viti Levu Island.

Superintendent Erami Raibe more than 6000 people have already been evacuated - and will remain in evacuation centres until the worst is over.

The official death toll has been amended to three with four people listed as missing.

Despite a forecast of more bad weather, the Red Cross intends to try to deliver a truck load of supplies on Tuesday to about 1000 people in a remote part of Viti Levu Island.

A 3-tonne truck loaded with dry clothing, shelter and first aid is to go into the Wainibuka River area.

Disaster manager, Vuli Gauna, says the Red Cross has not been able to get to this particular northern are because the roads have been washed out.

But he says a team will set out on Tuesday morning despite a forecast of more bad weather.