AROUND 8000 people affected by floods have taken shelter in 91 evacuation centres around the country.
This was confirmed by Permanent Secretary for Disaster Management Lieutenant-Colonel Inia Seruiratu yesterday. He said three to five days worth of rations was being distributed to those in evacuation centres and more would be mobilised once the detailed assessments of the flood situations were completed.
Lieutenant-Colonel Seruiratu said the government was also using the sea as a means of transport to get supplies to flooded areas.
He said the MV Vatuloka was being dispatched to the Western Division carrying 120,000 litres of water to assist hotels along the coastline and the Nadi district.
He also added the government was encouraging volunteers to come forward and assist them with the relief efforts.
However, he added that all relief efforts also needed to be coordinated in order for maximum effectiveness.
Meanwhile, 3000 people are currently being housed at evacuation centres in Nadroga.