Feb 25, 2016

Cyclone wreaks devastation acriss Fiji with 44 dead, 35,000 homeless

Ra
Fiji
by
Lucy Thackray
,
Daily Maile and Agence France-Presse
Fijian woman Kalisi holds her son Tuvosa, 3, as she sits on a bed in the remnants of her home damaged by Cyclone Winston in the Rakiraki District of Fiji's Ra province. Photo: Reuters
Fijian woman Kalisi holds her son Tuvosa, 3, as she sits on a bed in the remnants of her home damaged by Cyclone Winston in the Rakiraki District of Fiji's Ra province. Photo: Reuters

Fiji is in a state of natural disaster and its people are in urgent need after Cyclone Winston ripped through the Island nation and left a trail of destruction and heartbreak with 44 dead, more than 35,000 homeless and everyone - babies, families and the elderly - with nothing. 

Devastating images show the impact of Fiji's biggest ever storm, with debris scattered everywhere and nothing but single walls standing for some homes.

 

A state of natural disaster and a nationwide curfew had been declared for the next 30 days by the Fijian Government, who has initiated the clean-up process by clearing the huge amounts of debris scattered everywhere. 

Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama is warning his devastated nation it faces a long and difficult recovery.

'Almost no part of our nation has been left unscarred,' Mr Bainimarama said in a national address on Wednesday