19 Dec 2012

Fiji Red Cross calls for international assistance

7:21 am on 19 December 2012

The Fijian Red Cross says their country will soon need help from the international community.

Thousands are still in evacuation centres, after Cyclone Evan tore through the north and western parts of the country on Monday.

There were no deaths yet confirmed, but the communication network, power and water supplies have all been affected.

The director general of the Fiji Red Cross, Filipe Nainoca, says Lautoka city is one of the hardest hit areas.

"While there's been widespread damage to electricity lines and to vegetation, trees, in the Lautoka area about 600 homes lost rooves and these are people that we are targeting to move into support. There have been offers of help from within Fiji."