Help for dealy Fiji flooding

HELP AT HAND: A rescue boat helps the families of Votualevu to safety. [photo: Fiji Ministry of Information]

New Zealand is poised to give international assistance to Fiji as the deadly flooding which has already killed four people continues.

A New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (Mfat) spokeswoman said Fiji had yet to call for international assistance, but officials were on standby to provide aid.

The ministry had been in contact with many of the New Zealanders in Fiji, "and none were reporting any injuries, or being in any danger", she said. None had required help.

At last count, there were 433 New Zealanders registered to be on the island, with 118 in Nadi.

Fiji was still considering whether to declare a state of emergency this morning, but Mfat warned against all non-essential travel to Fiji, particularly the Western Division and Viti Levu, including Nadi and the Coral Coast.

Almost 8000 people were now in evacuation centres across  the Western Division.


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