Toll from cyclone Winston in Fiji rises to 20

At least 20 people were killed in a tropical cyclone Winston, authorities said on Monday.

IANS| Last Updated: Feb 22, 2016, 10:00 AM IST
Toll from cyclone Winston in Fiji rises to 20

Suva: At least 20 people were killed in a tropical cyclone Winston, authorities said on Monday.

Akapusi Tuifagalele, director of the National Disaster Management Office, confirmed the latest nationwide death toll, Xinhua reported.

Meanwhile, officials confirmed to the government-owned Fiji Broadcasting Corporation that at least seven fishermen from the Yasawas group of islands in Fiji`s western division were missing at sea. The fishermen went out to sea on Friday and have not been heard from since.

Fiji has declared a state of natural disaster for a period of 30 days. A curfew imposed during the cyclone was lifted on Monday morning.

China`s Ministry of Commerce was working on a plan to provide emergency humanitarian assistance to Fiji.