27 Mar 2007

Health officials in Fiji move to counter disease after flooding

8:23 am on 27 March 2007

Health authorities in Fiji are warning about water-borne diseases after renewed flooding in the country's Western division over the weekend.

It is the third time this year that these areas have been under water and a flood warning remains in force.

Nadi has been worst hit with some roads and bridges are closed.

The permanent secretary of the ministry of health, Dr Lepani Waqatakirewa, says there have been no major outbreaks of disease so far.

"It is still fairly early. We don't know the magnitude of any disease outbreaks. But I believe that the population is taking the warnings that we have been giving out, that is moving to safer ground early rather than late."

Dr Waqatakirewa advises people to boil drinking water and wear protective clothing when walking through the flooded areas.