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Death toll rises in Flood hit Fiji

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The death toll in Fiji's flood-hit island of Viti Levu has risen to four, with one person still missing.

The Fiji Government has convened an emergency meeting to decide whether to declare a state of natural disaster.

Thousands of people have lost their homes and Fiji's sugar crop, which was recovering after a drought last year, has been severely damaged.

Police have now lifted restrictions on travel to the centre of Nadi, one of the towns worst-hit by the floods.

Rainfall reached record levels during yesterday's storm, influenced by Cyclone Dani, which is now battering Vanuatu.

Metereologists says there's still a rain band of cloud hovering over Fiji and more rain is expected.

=A9 1999 Australian Broadcasting Corporation
Wed Jan 20 22:45:02 1999 ( AEDT )
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