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Fiji considers declaring disaster

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Meanwhile, Fiji's Opposition is calling on the government to declare as disaster areas those districts hit by severe floods over the last two days.

Karan Pillay reports, floodwater levels in the affected areas on the western part of the country's main island, Viti Levu, have receded.

Opposition leader Jai Ram Reddy says as an immediate measure the government and other relief organisations should provide relief assistance in terms of food, clothing and water to flood victims. Cabinet is expected to make an announcement later today on how they'll deal with the disaster. Meanwhile the western towns of Ba, Tavua and Nadi, where the international airport is located were the worst affected by the flood. Water levels there were up to two metres high. About 600-people are said to be sheltering at evacuation centres. Two people have been confirmed dead and five are still missing.

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Thu Jan 21 20:45:01 1999 ( AEDT )
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