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Disasters Charter: Flooding in Fiji

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The Disasters Charter has been activated for Flooding in Fiji:

Flooding in Fiji

Type of Event: Flood
Location of Event: Fiji
Date of Charter Activation: 31 March 2012
Charter Requestor: United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA) on behalf of OCHA Sub-regional Office for the Pacific
Project Management: DLR/ZKI (Center for Satellite-Based Crisis Information)

Description of the Event
Intense and continuous rains brought on by tropical depression TD17F caused flooding in large parts of Fiji.

In some places more than 300 mm of rain fell in less than 24 hours since the early hours of 30 March and subsequent flash flooding caught many by surprise. So far three deaths have been reported.

As of 31 March 2012, 49 evacuation centers (of which 31 schools) with in total more than 3700 people, approximately half of which are children, have been operational in Ra (4), Tavua (5), Ba (14), Lautoka (10), Nadi (8) and Sigatoka (8).

The situation is considered worse than the recent flooding in January 2012,as more areas are flooded. Deterioration of the situation can be expected as further weather systems accompanied by heavy rains are expected to affect Fiji.