|Shops trying to re-open asap|
|Hoping for quick reovery|
The delegation has been described as 'high powered' and included the Chinese Association of Fiji, Fiji Chinese Federation, Chinese Education Association, Chinese Culture and Sports Association and various provincial association heads.
The Fiji Sun says they brought money and food and met with local Chinese businesses who had concerns about the way food items were handled and then the Ba Town Council to relay those concerns.
An FBC report says a tour of Nadi shows none of the shops were spared. But no mention by the state-owned news organisation of the crucial matter of insurance. Nadi is a no go area for insurance because it is flooded regularly so none of the shops have insurance.
Agriculture is no better with Sigatoka worst hit. The Permanent Secretary for Agriculture Colonel Mason Smith has told the Sun damage from Nadroga and Navosa is $2.5million and the aim is to get farmers planting again quickly so they will be distributing seeds in coming weeks.
But a blogger says the recovery will drag out because the continuing rain will keep the soil waterlogged preventing farmers from even putting fertilizer in let alone plants.
"The plan for reviving that economy out West depends on God's grace. Continuing rain simply makes planting impossible and in turn means the farmers don't make their quotas, meaning they won't be able to generate income to pay their lease monies meaning the businesses in the area don't get money to replenish stocks let alone keep up with the mortgage repayments.
"Meaning all government's haughty plans, haughtily announced in that haughty budget of last November for that sub regional economy, is as good as kaput."
Tourism is also predicted to take a hit with insurance expected to rise because of the risk of flooding between November and June.
The death toll for the floods is now 8 with media reporting the death of a 61 year old man yesterday in Moala, just outside of Nadi. He is said to have died after swimming with family members in a flooded river.
The police have also this weekend ironically issued a warning to people to secure their properties. The warning follows the court appearance of seven police officers for stealing from a supermarket during the floods.