Dhaka, Tuesday, 28 March 2017

Death toll rises to 29 in Fiji

2016-02-23 21:09:40
Death toll rises to 29 in Fiji

The number of people killed in the cyclone that hit Fiji at the weekend has risen to 29, with officials warning the clear-up could take months.

About eight thousand five hundred people are still sheltering in evacuation centres.

Cyclone Winston has flattened many buildings in parts of the Main Island.

It has been described by the Fiji Broadcasting Corporation as the worst to ever hit the country.

The category five storm brought winds of over 320km/h (200mph), torrential rain and waves of up to 12m (40ft).

The New Zealand Air Force has helped Fijian rescuers carry out aerial inspections across almost all the islands, Mr Perrin said.

Officials say the priority now is to provide water and shelter to Fijians as they begin rebuilding their homes.

Many parts of the country remain without power.

Australia and New Zealand have authorized the release of emergency aid supplies held in Suva.

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