16 Jan 2008

200 people affected by Fiji flooding

4:09 pm on 16 January 2008

The mayor of Labasa in Fiji says at least 200 people are affected by floods that damaged their homes and food gardens.

Bursting river banks caused by heavy rain have led to flash flooding on Fiji's second island, Vanua Levu, and its main town, Labasa.

Dr Pradeep Singh says some food gardens have been destroyed and people need emergency supplies.

A number of roads and bridges are closed to traffic.

Dr Singh says the water is receding in Labasa town, but the wet weather is continuing which could lead to renewed flooding.

"It has caused damage to households, especially in the low-lying areas, where it's heavily populated. Most houses were under water. In the main street the water was to the footpath level. Although it did not do much damage to the shops, but then again a few shops did have water coming into their shops."

Dr Pradeep Singh advises residents to stay out of the water.

More rain is forecast.