12 Apr 2012

Diversion canal among options for flood-prone Nadi

12:06 pm on 12 April 2012

Fiji's interim government is giving fresh consideration to a proposal to create a diversion canal around flood-hit Nadi.

Flooding before Easter and in January on the main island of Viti Levu is responsible for at least 12 deaths and has caused destruction in many parts of the Western Division.

Nadi, a hub for business and tourism, was affected most severely by the recent floods and the special administrator for both Nadi and Sigatoka says work is underway to protect the town.

Aisea Tuidraki says a diversion canal was first proposed in a 1998 report on all watersheds in the rivers in Fiji.

"And the report for Nadi was to construct a diversion canal and that would take away the fury of the flood waters from coming to the Nadi town area. So the government of the day is interested in looking at that report now."

Aisea Tuidraki says efforts are also being made to introduce better farming practices to stop erosion-related soil clogging the rivers.