Record breaking category 5 storm struck the island nation on Saturday night. Reportedly, at least 29 people have been killed by the Monster Cyclone Winston.
— BBC News (World) (@BBCWorld) February 23, 2016
The tropical Cyclone Winston has now dissipated, leaving behind the arduous tasks of cleanup and damage assessment.
As have been reiterated by Skymet, Winston is the most powerful storm on record in the Southern Hemisphere. Strong winds blowing at a speed of about 296 kmph lashed the tiny island nation in the Pacific on Sunday. The storm has caused immense damage and caused flooding in low lying areas. Thousands of people were displaced and there were reports of widespread power outages.
People have been asked to stay indoors to avoid any mishap due to debris lying on the roads. So much so, that the government has declared a state of emergency for about 30 days. In fact, there will be a nationwide curfew in effect till the time emergency crews clear off the roads.
The Nadi International Airport reopened on Monday, after two days of closure. However, schools and educational institutions will remain closed in Fiji for one week.
According to the local residents, Winston resembled a monster. India has extended its help as well.
Reaching out to a friend in need. India extends US $ 1 million in immediate assistance to Fiji after devastating Cyclone Winston hits.
— Vikas Swarup (@MEAIndia) February 22, 2016
Here's a glimpse of the destruction left behind by the storm.
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