Based on preliminary damage estimates provided by the Government of Fiji, the impacts of these floods will necessitate a downward revision to Fiji's economic growth forecasts, particularly given the impacts on agriculture and tourism. Negative publicity in Australia, for example, return flights to Australia were delayed or cancelled leaving hundreds of tourists stranded - is likely to result in lower than projected visitor arrivals. The government had hoped to keep to its 1.9% of GDP fiscal deficit target for 2012 following the January floods by directing sector ministries such as Health, Education, and Agriculture to source relief and rehabilitation funds amounting to about $17.3 million from within their 2012 budget allocations. However, the extent of damages in the aftermath of the March/April floods expected to be more severe than in January will put significant pressure on the national budget and could add another 1.5%-2.0% of GDP to the deficit, and impair the delivery of core public services.
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