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Flood relief effort continues in Fiji

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Fiji's Prime Minister Laisenia Qarase has allocated almost $US1.5 million to the country's flood relief effort.

The districts of Serua and Veivatuloa are still considered National Disaster zones, after a week of flooding across the country.

Fiji's Disaster Management Centre says more than 17,000 people in the west of the country need assistance, while there are 2,755 evacuees in the central division.

In response to a request from the Health Ministry, Australia is to provide water purification tablets to assist in the provision of safe drinking water.

The tablets will ensure more than 200,000 litres of safe drinking water.

The governments of Australia and New Zealand will also help the Fiji Red Cross Society to re-stock its relief supplies.

Meanwhile, the flood situation continues to improve with rain easing significantly and water levels receding.

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