OCEANIA/FIJI ISLANDS -Deaths, thousands displaced, severe flooding: Tropical Depression brings down the Fiji to their knees

Wednesday, 4 April 2012

Suva (Agenzia Fides) - At least seven peole have died, including a 3-year-old child, and almost 12 000 people displaced due to the flooding caused by the cyclone Daphne that hit the Fiji islands, in the South Pacific According to local sources, the cyclone is currently located 900 km from the affected area and no longer a threat. However, the National Emergency Operations Centre has announced the possibility of heavy rain and further flooding in the western area of Viti Levu, the main island of the archipelago, the most severely affected by the overflowing of rivers. There are 11,994 people who are housed in evacuation centers, while the authorities continue to update the assessment of damages. This past January, heavy rains had caused the deaths of 12 people. (AP) (Agenzia Fides 04/04/2012)