Monday, 22 February 2016

Killer cyclone Winston leaves more than a 100 dead: Most powerful tempest ever documented in the Southern Hemisphere, winds reached 184 miles per hour.


Photo www.theguardian.com
A large-scale clean up operation is underway after Cyclone Winston destroyed hundreds of homes and cut communication lines.
A historically massive tropical cyclone in the Pacific Ocean has left nearly 100 dead people in Fiji but many more dead are thought to be laying under rubble of destroyed homes in the many villages around the island.
The killer storm caused unprecedented damage after making landfall over the island nation Saturday night.


Tropical Cyclone Winston, a Category 5 storm, was the most powerful tempest ever documented in the Southern Hemisphere, with winds that reached 184 miles per hour.
It struck Fiji late Saturday, razing homes and causing extensive flooding across the archipelago.
"The damage has been widespread, homes have been destroyed, many low-lying areas have flooded, and many people have been left stunned and confused about what to do," Fijian Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama said Sunday in a televised statement to the country that was quoted by The Weather Channel.
The country has declared a 30-day state of emergency, during which military and police forces will assist the extensive cleanup effort.
Schools across Fiji will remain closed for another week.
Tourism officials said that no tourists were among the dead, and that most hotels and resorts on Fiji's main island, Viti Levu, withstood the storm.
Concern lies with the more remote regions of the country, where entire villages are said to have been destroyed.
"It is likely that smaller villages across Fiji will have suffered the most, given their infrastructures would be too weak to withstand the power of a Category 5 cyclone," Alice Clements, a spokeswoman for UNICEF who lives in Suva, Fiji's capital, told CNN.
"Families may have lost their homes and crops, therefore leaving them without shelter, food and a livelihood."



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