Saturday, March 31, 2012

Heavy Rain and Flash Flooding in Fiji

A tropical low pressure brought widespread flooding to parts of Fiji from Thursday night into Friday. The hardest hit areas were on the western side of the main island Viti Levu where the town of Nandi has been cut off from other parts of the island.

Nandi, home to Fiji's International Airport, received over 11 inches of rain since Thursday, with rain still falling across the area on Friday night. The slow movement of the tropical low will result in a continuing threat for locally heavy rainfall through the weekend and possibly into early next week.

The heavy rainfall caused most flights to and from the International Airport to be canceled on Friday, while hundreds of people were forced from their homes and many stranded on rooftops.
The National Disaster Management Office says the water levels from this flooding event are higher than the flooding in January which was responsible for 11 deaths. Read More