(April 1, 2012) – Recent flooding in Fiji has been so severe that the Fijian government and local airport authority stopped incoming passengers this weekend. A state of emergency has been declared.
Additional planes have been brought in to take stranded travelers out of the country. Thousands of vacationers, mainly from Australia and New Zealand, are still waiting to leave.
Water and power have been cut off due to flooding in many parts of the country. The floods have brought Fiji to a standstill, and have claimed the lives of three people. More than 8,000 people have fled to evacuation centers.
The Fijian government has requested that no additional passengers be flown into Fiji on Saturday or Sunday due to concern for additional bad weather, as well as difficulty getting from Nadi International Airport to local resorts and hotels.
“This action is being reluctantly taken by the Fijian Government to ensure the safety and convenience of international visitors and Fijian citizens seeking to return to Fiji,” said Mr. Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum, the Attorney-General and Minister for Civil Aviation & Tourism.
Nadi International airport remains open and all outbound international flights from Fiji are expected to operate to get passengers to their overseas destinations.