16 Feb 2006

Fiji flood damage reckoned at US$4.7m

9:29 am on 16 February 2006

Estimates of damage caused by flash floods in Fiji over a two-week period at the end of January and early February has been put at US$4.7 million.

The official figure given in parliament by the minister for regional development, Ted Young, relates to damage in Fiji's western and northern divisions.

Mr Young says surveys show widespread damage to basic infrastructure and housing in the two divisions.

Schools in the north and farmers in the west and will be assisted with farming equipment, planting materials and other forms of help.

Families will be given a week's supply of food rations.

Repairs to roads and bridges will cost US$3.8 million.

The floods caused four deaths.