7 Dec 2004

Fiji suffers water supply problems

2:21 pm on 7 December 2004

Fiji is facing a serious water supply crisis after several weeks of dry weather.

Thousands of people from all over Fiji are complaining that they no longer have a piped water supply.

The reports are coming from the heavily populated Suva-Nausori corridor, areas of the central city, Lautoka, Nadi, Ba, Sigatoka, Rakiraki and some outer islands in the Yasawa Group.

The ministry of health and private doctors have raised concerns about the possible outbreak of diseases such as diarrhoea because of the water problems.

But in paid newspaper advertisement today, the minister for works, Col Savenaca Draunidalo, says there is no national water crisis.

Col Draunidalo says except for some small areas, the nation's water supplies are operating as normal despite the drought.

He says any statements to the contrary are nonsense.