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Fiji weather bureau defends its forecasting

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Fiji's Director of Meteorology has come out in defence against criticism that the office failed to give sufficient advance warning of the record floods that hit Fiji last week.

Rajendra Prasad says his office had indicated in its forecasts from last Monday evening, that heavy and flooding of low lying areas was to be expected.

However, he says the severe flooding that resulted could not be anticipated.

Last week's flooding in the western division of Fiji's main island of Viti Levu, was the worst to hit the country.

The government last week issued a 30-day state of emergency in the area, and has begun food and medical relief efforts, combined with aid assistance flowing in from overseas donors.

=A9 1999 Australian Broadcasting Corporation
Fri Jan 29 07:15:01 1999 ( AEDT )
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