Fiji seek to ensure telecast not hit by drought


SUVA: Fiji's government introduced emergency electricity measures yesterday, saying they would ensure the nation gets to see Rugby World Cup matches televised live. 

Fiji is suffering a severe drought. The Monasavu hydroelectric station which provides around 80% of the electricity to the most populous island of Vanua Levu, is threatened by the drought. 

Energy Minister Savenaca Draunidalo said the cabinet had provided emergency funding to the Fiji Electricity Authority to run diesel generators for a month. 

Shortly before going into the cabinet meeting, Draunidalo told Radio Fiji that nothing would stop the screening of the World Cup matches from Australia. 

He said whatever happened with the drought, there would be no power disruptions during game time. – AFP  

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