FORMER Fiji residents staying in Queensland, Australia, say they are fortunate to be safe from severe flooding that is causing havoc in the state.
Fiji born Nitesh Pratap, who resides in South-East, Brisbane, said the flooding had not affected them but had affected other areas.
"We have experienced heavy rainfall and strong winds but our area has not flooded much," Mr Pratap said.
He said his family lived on higher ground and were safe from the adverse weather conditions experienced in some parts of Queensland.
"Surrounding areas have been very badly affected. Thousands of houses are without power and the condition at some places are really bad," Mr Pratap said.
He said the Australian government provided temporary shelter for those who had lost their houses.
Khusbu Chand of Sydney said yesterday (6pm Fiji time) that they had started to receive heavy rainfall.
Mrs Chand said the national weather office had issued a storm warning for New South Wales.
She said they were prepared for the worst.