Fiji cyclone death toll reaches 29

    Fiji cyclone death toll reaches 29

    Feb 23, Wellington: The number of people killed in the powerful cyclone in Fiji claimed to 29, with officials warning the clear-up could take months.

    According to officials, about 8,500 people are still sheltering in evacuation centres. Cyclone Winston has flattened many buildings in parts of the main Viti Levu island and Koro islands.

    Government spokesman Ewan Perrin said that the death toll on Koro Island had reached double figures and that most buildings there had been heavily damaged or flattened.

    He said a relief vessel with about 30 people aboard had arrived at the island with medical supplies, food and water, and teams were helping build temporary shelters for the 4,500 residents.

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

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

    The Oslo Times