Flood warnings still in place in Fiji

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Severe flood warnings remain in place in parts of Fiji, despite Tropical Cyclone Daphne moving well south of the Pacific Island nation.

Since Friday morning, more than 800 millimetres of rain has fallen in parts of Fiji, mostly over the western part of Viti Levu, around Nadi, Latoka and Sigatoka.

The death toll from the floods in Fiji has risen to five after a one-month-old-baby and a three-year-old drowned.

Across Fiji, 11,994 people are sheltering in evacuation centres.

Meteorologist Neville Koop from NaDraki Weather Service has told Radio Australia's Pacific Beat program the rain bands associated with Daphne are still causing concern.

"Look it's been relatively low so far," he said.

"We haven't seen a lot overnight. We did have a couple of heavy falls during the night, just short bursts of rain.

"But nothing long or continuous.

"The next six hours or so will be the critical time.

"On the radar we are seeing some bands of rain moving in towards the west now."

Mopping up

Fiji Government spokeswoman Sharon Smith-Johns said the extent of damage was still being assessed.

"It's quite extensive. In Nadi town, shops in Nadi town, the floodwaters went right through that," she said.

"The bridge hasn't been damaged but the infrastructure around the bridge, you can see, electricity's out, water's out. There is quite a lot of damage here."

The Australian Department of Foreign Affairs advises Australians seeking information on the situation in Fiji to contact: smartraveller.gov.au or DFAT's 24 hour Consular Emergency Centre on 1 300 555 135. Australians currently in Fiji should contact +61 2 6261 3305.


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