7 Jan 2013

Water still being delivered to cyclone-struck Fiji villages

9:40 am on 7 January 2013

The National Disaster Management Office in Fiji says water is still being trucked into areas where power has not been fully restored.

It says power has nearly been fully restored in the Northern, Central and Eastern divisions.

But in the Western division, which was the worst affected by tropical cyclone Evan, only 79 percent of power has been restored.

The director of the National Disaster Management Office, Manasa Tagicakibau, says most of the water plants in the Western division rely on power.

He says at this stage water is being trucked into these affected areas.

"Around 200 to 300 people, we are trucking water to these areas on a daily basis. We also have water tanks installed in these respective settlements and households. We are filling up those water tanks so it sustains them during this period."

Manasa Tagicakibau says the Electricity Authority thinks power should be fully restored in the Western division in the next 5 to 10 days.