Fiji began a massive clean-up on Sunday after the most powerful cyclone in the Pacific nation’s history left a trail of destruction, killing six people, flattening scores of homes and crippling infrastructure. The super-storm lashed the popular tourist destination overnight Saturday, packing wind gusts of 325 kilometres (202 miles) per hour, according to the UN humanitarian agency OCHA. OCHA said six people were killed during severe tropical cyclone Winston, the first-ever storm system to hit Fiji measuring a maximum category five.
“Homes have been destroyed, many low-lying areas have flooded,” Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama said earlier Sunday in a statement. “In the aftermath of this great tragedy, many are without power and full access to water, and are cut off from communication.” Officials said one man died on Koro Island, reportedly from debris sent flying during the cyclone. Others died on Ovalau island and in Tailevu and Ra provinces, National Disaster Management Office director Akapusi Tuifagalele told Fiji One News. READ MORE