|TWEET! Row, row your boat gently down the stream, life is but a dream. pic Shiri Ram Imagine South Pacific|
It's the picture the dictator Frank Bainimarama tweeted to show the world all is well despite the country being hit a second time by floods in a matter of months.
But one day out from what should've been a busy tourist Easter weekend, Bainimarama and the regime are grappling with a national crisis: millions of dollars of devastation, 14 thousand people without food or a roof over their heads, severely damaged infrastructure and flood shy tourists.
DISMAC says the Western Division is 'fast recovering' with most of the major infrastructure and essential services being restored as authorities work around the clock to help Fiji bounce back.
The Ministry of Provincial Development permanent secretary, Inia Seruiratu, told media today the lines that had affected communications and services such as telephone, automated teller machines and EPTOS machines in the West had been restored.
There is clearly a plan to get the country back on its feet but it's a huge logistical effort and there's a danger the rush to get tourists back might swing ahead of the one to restore order locally.
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Thousands of people have already been displaced - they are now in danger of diseases such as dengue fever or leptospirosis and there is the question of rebuilding the infrastructure and key areas like Nadi quickly.
There is already talk of moving Nadi to Namaka, an idea which came up after the January floods. It's being pushed again by the Nadi Council.
Aiyaz Sayed Khaiyum has accused the international media of misleading reporting but Bainimarama's tweet showing a rather 'swimming' view of the floods is more so. The cheery chap in the bathtub is far from the current truth.
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