Feb 29, 2016

Cyclone Winston: tens of thousands homeless in Fiji a week after storm

Fiji
by
Oliver Holmes
,
The Guardian
A Fijian resident looks at the damage caused by Cyclone Winston. Photo: AFP/Getty Images
A Fijian resident looks at the damage caused by Cyclone Winston. Photo: AFP/Getty Images

Tens of thousands of people in Fiji are living in evacuation centres after Cyclone Winston tore across the South Pacific country last week, the United Nations Children’s Fund has said.

The total number of people forced from their homes in the archipelago nation of more than 300 islands is expected to be much higher as many fled to relatives and are not included in the data.

Cyclone Winston, the worst storm recorded in the southern hemisphere, left 42 people dead, according Fiji’s National Disaster Management Office. The category-five storm also left many without water and it could be weeks before electricity is restored in some areas