POWER MOSTLY RESTORED IN STORM BATTERED FIJI

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SUVA, Fiji (Fijilive, Jan. 31, 2008) - More homes in Fiji had power and water restored last night after Cyclone Gene struck on Monday, killing at least six people. Before last night, the Fiji Electricity Authority said they had restored electricity to 80 percent of the homes in the main urban areas around the country.

Some areas are still flooded this morning, particularly the tourist town of Nadi, where residents had to wade through waist-high water. Although sea and air transport was also restored across Fiji yesterday, there are concerns on transporting tourists trapped by the storm to Nadi International Airport.

The tourists may have to contend with crossing the Nadi streets by boat for now, although water is receding in the town.

Police used a dinghy last night to patrol the town’s shops to keep watch over a curfew imposed on the town by the Police Commissioner between 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. this morning. The main island’s main highways, King’s and Queen’s road, are also open to traffic.

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