Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Fiji declares disaster as Cyclone Tomas destroys homes and crops

clipped from www.telegraph.co.uk


Fiji has declared a state of disaster in the country's cyclone-hit north and
east as reports of storm damage rose sharply and authorities warned that the
death toll could rise.

Fiji declares disaster as Cyclone Tomas destroys homes and crops


The National Disaster Council, led by military leader and self-appointed prime
minister
Voreqe "Frank" Bainimarama, met as the category four
Cyclone Tomas continued to batter the South Pacific nation.


"The National Disaster Council has declared a state of disaster in the
northern division and eastern division," National Disaster Management
Office operations officer Anthony Blake said.


"I think some lost their lives but it is just a few but what we have been
hearing from some of the islands is the devastation and the wind and the
storm surges were too much.


More than 1000 people have evacuated their homes as the storm damaged
buildings and crops and cut communications and power, while many low-lying
areas were flooded.

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