Deadly floodwaters are falling in Fiji

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By NZ correspondent Dominique Schwartz

Fiji's interim government says it appears floodwaters have peaked and are falling around Nadi and other regions of western Viti Levu.

But the permanent secretary for information Sharon Smith-Johns says the government is still not ruling out declaring a state of disaster.

Two farmers have died in the floods which have put large areas of western Viti Levu under water.

Around 1,500 people have taken refuge in evacuation centres.

Ms Smith-Johns says an assessment is being made of the damage and further risk.

"The good news is that because the rain has stopped this morning, the rivers are subsiding a little, but the forecast is for more bad weather to move in," she said.

She says the airport is open and tourist hotels are operating in the popular area of Denarau, though some guests have had to enter and exit the area by helicopter or boat.

Australian Broadcasting Corporation