Family among dead in Fiji landslide

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By correspondent Dominique Schwartz, staff
Updated January 26, 2012 11:03:56

Reports from Fiji say the death toll from heavy flooding has risen to eight, after a landslide killed a family of four.

Local media reports suggest a husband, his wife, and their two daughters were trapped inside their home by the landslide in Ba on the island of Viti Levu.

The western side of the island, including the popular tourist area around Nadi, has been hit by severe flooding.

The Fiji Red Cross says the rain is beginning to ease this morning and flood levels are falling in Nadi.

But Red Cross disaster coordinator Eseloma Ledau says teams are still trying to reach the site of the landslide.

More rain is forecast in coming days and authorities have declared the affected areas of Viti Levu a disaster zone.

Australian Broadcasting Corporation