One dead, five missing in Fiji cyclone

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Fiji army officers bringing people to safety at the Sukanaivalu Barracks. (Photo: Facebook/Fiji National Disaster Management Office).
Fiji army officers bringing people to safety at the Sukanaivalu Barracks. (Photo: Facebook/Fiji National Disaster Management Office)

A cycle that hit the Pacific nation of Fiji on Sunday has left one person dead, five people including a toddler missing and thousands in shelters.

Authorities said on Monday that more than 10,000 people were sheltering at 300 evacuation centres after Cyclone Ana, which  created flooding across parts of the island, including in the capital Suva, made landfall on the main island of Viti Levu.

The National Disaster Management Office reported that a 49-year-old man had drowned, while four fishermen and a toddler were missing.

Fiji’s Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama pointed to climate change as a cause of recent deadly storms.

“Today, my priority is on Fijians’ safety – but the rest of the world needs to wake up and reckon with why this is happening,” Bainimarama wrote on Twitter.

Fiji is still recovering from an even more powerful cyclone that hit in December.

That storm, Cyclone Yasa, killed four people, with a fifth officially listed as missing and destroyed dozens of homes with winds topped 320km/h.

 

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