Flights to flooded Fiji re-start as waters begin to recede in wake of the weekend's killer cyclone

Fiji is beginning to recover from the extreme weather that has assailed it for the last two days, but the situation in the Pacific archipelago remains perilous, with floods a problem.

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Flooded: The tropical cyclone has left many areas of Fiji under water

A tropical cyclone struck the island nation on Sunday, bringing with it violent winds and thunderstorms, and prolonged periods of rain that have left many areas under water.

Conditions were severe enough on Sunday for Fijian authorities to place a ban on aircraft flying to the country – and while that embargo was lifted yesterday, a state of emergency is still in place.

The cyclone has had a dramatic effect on the country, killing at least five people and leading around eight thousands others to flee their homes.

However, the worst of the weather has reportedly passed, and the waters have begun to recede.

The closing of the country’s air space to international services has had a knock-on effect for tourists, with thousands of travellers – many of them Australian – left without flights.

With services resuming today, stranded passengers will now be able to leave. Domestic flights between the islands of Suva and Nadi have also recommenced.

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Floored: The cancellation of flights to the archipelago has left tourists stranded

But Fijian authorities have warned that the country will be afflicted by the damage it has suffered for a considerable time.

The county’s prime minister, Frank Bainimarama, has described the current situation as ‘three to four times worse’ than the floods that infamously hit Fiji in 2009.

‘We have to make some hard and fast decisions on what to do with our rivers and our dredging, together with a whole lot of other issues, so that we don’t continue to get bogged down every time there is heavy rain,’ he announced.

Emergency teams have been set up to supply food to affected areas.

‘We have organised teams to make aerial assessments, which will happen today,’ says Pajiliai Dobui, the director of Fiji’s disaster management centre DISMAC.

This is not the first time Fiji has found itself in harm’s way this year.

In January, severe flooding killed at least six people.

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