Fiji floods leaves six dead and thousands homeless

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A state of emergency has been declared in the western regions of Fiji's largest island of Viti Levu after heavy floods killed at least six people.

Nearly 3,500 people have been moved to temporary shelters.

Heavy rains over the last week have left many communities without water and electricity.

Fijian Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama has launched a flood relief appeal to help the affected families.

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