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.
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Fri Jan 29 07:15:01 1999 ( AEDT )
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