Floods hit Fiji

Trip Start Feb 18, 2008
Trip End Ongoing

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Flag of Fiji  , Viti Levu,
Thursday, January 8, 2009

Floods hit Fiji
A natural Disaster has been declared in Fiji over the weekend, as major flooding has hit a lot of towns and rural areas. The most affected were Nadi, Sigatoka, Ba and Nausori.
Fortunately Suva itself has not been affected by flooding, although Nasouri is only 25 minutes drive from us. All planes have been cancelled from the local airport at Nasouri. The worst affected areas were between Suva and Nadi which is a 3 hour drive. Nadi is the tourist destination of Fiji and most holiday makers are stranded at their resorts as they cannot leave.
It was raining all last week - all day every day including last Saturday when we were moving house ( this is another story), yet Sunday and Monday in Suva was good weather. It is still extremely humid and there is a chance that a cyclone could hit us this week.
So far so good. It all seems a bit distant here in Suva, however when you see photos and talk to some of the people affected, with flooding 3 - 4 feet high a lot of people have lost all that they own. The major roads arent open yet, the majority of bridges have washed away and so far 5 people have died. They are already saying that it could take up to 2 months to recover.
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