POWER SUPPLIES RETURN TO NORMAL IN FIJI

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SUVA, Fiji Islands (August 23, 2000 – Radio Australia)---Power supplies have returned to normal in Fiji after two months of daily blackouts caused by rebels sympathetic to May 19 coup leader George Speight.

The rebels overran Fiji's only hydroelectric power station at Monasavu in July.

The station supplies three quarters of the Pacific nation's peak energy demand.

Three weeks ago, the rebels left the power plant but surrounding areas were still considered too dangerous for electricity workers.

Police are now holding 72 of the rebels who were caught in the Monasavu jungles.

For additional reports from Radio Australia, go to PACIFIC ISLANDS REPORT News/Information Links: Radio/TV News/Radio Australia.

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