|Many living in poverty in Fiji but Indo-Fijians worse off. (pic from recent floods)|
|Pic used by Fiji Live to illustrate story|
Forty-five per cent of the Indo-Fijian population living in poverty are said to live in rural areas while 21 per cent reside in town and city areas.
Forty two per cent of the poverty-stricken iTaukei live in rural areas and 17 per cent in urban areas.
For other ethnicities, 50 per cent of the poor live in rural areas while 16 per cent live in urban areas.
The Bureau of Statistics Survey also found that 15 per cent of Fiji's poverty stricken famlies live in urban areas while 37 per cent are in rural settlements and villages.
Fiji Live quoted Commissioner Eastern Lieutenant Colonel Netani Rika as telling the Eastern Division development board meeting last week that a recent survey had indicated there is a big increase in poverty in the rural areas.
Rika said those below the poverty line is measured as average households of four members who earn less than $155 a week.