17 Apr 2012

ADB gives US$1m to help Fiji after flooding

6:20 pm on 17 April 2012

The Asian Development Bank is providing a one million US dollar grant to the interim Fiji government to help fund humanitarian and relief efforts for those affected by the recent floods in the western part of Viti Levu.

The ADB also provided one million dollars to help mitigate the impacts of the floods that hit Fiji in late January this year.

The Bank says the money will be used to meet the basic needs of those affected, especially in relation to rehabilitation work and restoring essential services.

The ADB's regional director for the South Pacific Subregional Office, Adrian Ruthenberg, says the flood has destroyed lives, livelihoods and infrastructure.

He says providing emergency relief and restoring essential services should be a priority in the rebuilding process.

The Bank says initial damage assessments put losses at more than 40 million US dollars, with agriculture, roads, and water services most affected.