UN-SPIDER supports response to floods in Fiji

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UN-SPIDER supports the response efforts to the recent floods impacting Fiji. Intense and continuous rains brought on by tropical depressionTD17F 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. Three deaths had been registered so far. As of 31 March 2012 49 evacuation centres (of which 31 schools) with in total more than 3700 people, approximately half of which are children, had been operational in Ra (4), Tavua (5), Ba (14), Lautoka (10), Nadi (8) and Sigatoka (8). The situation is being 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. At the requested of OCHA Sub-regional Office for the Pacific and in close coordination with the Applied Geoscience and Technology Division (SOPAC) of the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC), UNOOSA requested the activation of the International Charter Space and Major Disasters to ensure access to satellite-based information to support the response efforts.