SUVA CUT OFF IN NEW FIJI FLOODS

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MELBOURNE, Australia (Radio Australia, April 15) – In Fiji, torrential rain has caused widespread flooding in and around the capital, Suva.

The latest floods come just one week after a rainstorm left 10 people dead and 11 others missing.

Suva is now cut off from other towns on the main island, Viti Levu, due to flooding and some landslides along the main highways.

Patients have been evacuated from the Navua town hospital, 30 kilometers south of the capital, after the building was flooded and soldiers had to be called in to assist police in evacuating hundreds of people from their shops and farms.

Schools have been closed with some of them now housing people who have fled the floods.

Shops in Levuka, a town on an island to the east, have also been flooded.

There are fears that major rivers near other towns may burst their banks, threatening hundreds of thousands more people and their crops.

The local weather office is predicting more rain for the next 24 hours at least.

April 16, 2004

Radio Australia: www.abc.net.au/ra

 

 

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