Fiji Surveys Aftermath of Deadly Storms

Posted April 3rd, 2012 at 3:25 am (UTC-5)
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At least five people are dead after a week of heavy rains and severe flooding swamped the Pacific island nation of Fiji.

As many as 11,000 people in Fiji's main island of Viti Levu were forced from their homes into evacuation shelters to escape the impact of Tropical Cyclone Daphne as it passed by the island.

Roads and bridges are washed out and thousands of residents are without power. Airlines canceled flights in and out of Fiji, leaving thousands of tourists temporarily stranded.

“After we crossed the bridge and got to the airport, the bridge collapsed behind us. So we've been there almost three days, at the airport.”

Forecasters expect Cyclone Daphne to travel further out to sea Tuesday. The Australian government has pledged $1 million to help with relief efforts on Fiji, while New Zealand has promised to donate more than $400,000.