FIJI DECLARES STATE OF NATURAL DISASTER AFTER FLOODS

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15-day period effective from Jan. 25 encompasses worst hit areas

By Nasik Swami SUVA, Fiji (Fijilive, Jan. 26, 2012) – The Fiji government this morning declared a state of natural disaster for worst affected areas in the western division.

Prime Minister Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama made the declaration and said the declaration will be effective for 15 days from January 25 unless revoked earlier.

[PIR editor’s note: Military, police, non-governmental organizations and Red Cross are currently active in the effected areas of Fiji's Western Division. Permanent Secretary of Information Sharon Smith-Johns has said the government "can now tap into extra resources, [and] get them into the field... to assist these people that have been evacuated to assess the damage." According to Smith-Johns, about 3,400 people are in centers and more than a hundred homes have been destroyed. Red Cross representatives have said their major concerns are with delivering vital services and basic survival sundries to communities hit hard by the flooding, along with the possible spread of diseases like dengue and typhoid.]

The following areas are under a state of natural disaster:

Ra Province – Rakiraki Tikina areas and Nakoro Tikina areas

Tavua District – Yaladro Flats, Korovou Village, Balata areas, Natawa areas, Yasiyasi Flats and Tavua Village.

Ba District – Ba Town area, Wailailai area, Votua Flats, Namosau area, Koroubu areas, and Rarawai areas.

Lautoka District – Sabeto Flats, Bara Flats, Natabua Seaside Flats, Vitogo Flats, Naviyago Flats, Paipai Flats, Lovu Flats and Drasa Flats.

Nadi District – Nadi Market, Nadi Bus Stand, Andrews Road, Hospital Road, Raniga Stree, Korociri Settlement, Nawajikuma Settlement, Navakai Flats, Moala Village and Moala Flats.

Nadroga Province – Semo Village, Lomawai Village, Naveisabasaba Village, Nalele Village, Cuvu Flats and Nalovo areas.

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