FIJI RELIES ON DIESEL POWER AS WATER LEVELS SINK

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SUVA, Fiji Islands (January 4, 2002 – Radio Australia)---Fiji's dry spell is forcing the country's electricity authority to spend about $350,000 a week on diesel fuel to run back-up generators because of low water levels at the Monasavu Dam.

A lack of rain at Monasavu in recent months has seen the water level fall to dangerously low levels.

In December, the Fiji Electricity authority said there was only enough water to cover 11 days of power generation.

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