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Fiji: images of flattened villages show brutal force of Cyclone Winston

Cyclone Winston: Death toll reaches 21 as authorities continue to assess damage

The death toll from Cyclone Winston, which tore through Fiji on the weekend, has risen to 21, officials say. Aid agencies warned of a widespread health crisis, particularly in low-lying areas where thousands of Fiji’s 900,000 people live in tin shacks, after crops were wiped out and fresh water supplies blocked…

 

Fiji: images of flattened villages show brutal force of Cyclone Winston

A remote Fijian village is photographed from the air during a surveillance flight conducted by the New Zealand defence force. Photograph: HANDOUT/Reuters

A remote Fijian village is photographed from the air during a surveillance flight conducted by the New Zealand defence force. Photograph: HANDOUT/Reuters

The death toll from a ferocious cyclone which tore through Fiji over the weekend has risen to 18 as authorities began to get a grasp on the scale of the disaster and deploy aid to hard-hit outer islands. Authorities were still having trouble communicating with some areas, including places like Koro Island, which suffered some of the worst damage. More than 6,000 residents across Fiji were staying in emergency shelters after their homes were destroyed or swamped by tidal surges…

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