7 Jun 2004

Fiji's Red Cross keeps watching brief on Korovou after flooding

8:12 am on 7 June 2004

The Red Cross in Fiji is keeping a watching brief on a town in the south east of the main island of Viti Levu, which has been hit by the second flooding incident in the country in six weeks.

Floodwaters cut off 300 people in the town of Korovou and thirty families were evacuated, after steady rain last week.

The Red Cross Disaster Programme Manager Vuli Gauna says the situation is not thought to be as serious as the flooding in April.

He says although the island's main road, the King's Highway, remains closed, water levels have receded and motorists can now get through to Korovou.

Mr Gauna says families have not been allowed back in to their houses, but some people, like shop owners, are beginning to clean up.