1 May 2003

Floods in Fiji threaten power supplies

10:19 am on 1 May 2003

Heavy rain in Fiji since last weekend has led to flooding in many areas and a warning that electric power may be cut.

The Fiji Electricity Authority says selective power cuts may need to be imposed on the main island of Viti Levu if rapidly rising waters flood the Monasavu Hydro power station which supplies over sixty per cent of all power used.

The Fiji Times reports that in the event of a hydro shutdown, diesel generators will not be able to supply enough power.

Meanwhile, many low-lying rural areas of central Viti Levu have reported roads and bridges under up to two metres of water and traffic at a standstill.

Major rivers are rising and if the present heavy rain continues, they could burst their banks and threaten towns.