Feb 25, 2016

Tens of thousands of Fijians homeless after cyclone: disaster agency

Fiji
by
Tom Westbrook
,
Reuters
 Kolora, 26, holds her daughter Semaima, 2, in what is left of her home in the aftermath of Tropical Cyclone Winston in Rakiraki district in Ra province in Fiji February 24, 2016, in this picture supplied by UNICEF. Photo: Sokhin, Reuters
Kolora, 26, holds her daughter Semaima, 2, in what is left of her home in the aftermath of Tropical Cyclone Winston in Rakiraki district in Ra province in Fiji February 24, 2016, in this picture supplied by UNICEF. Photo: Sokhin, Reuters

Tens of thousands of Fijians remain homeless and living in evacuation shelters in the aftermath of a devastating cyclone at the weekend, officials said on Thursday, as aid began trickling in to the outer reaches of the South Pacific archipelago.

The death toll from Cyclone Winston, the worst storm ever recorded in the southern hemisphere, remained at 42 but officials at Fiji's National Disaster Management Office fear that figure will rise.