Fiji’s government has warned residents to stay alert on Friday as a slow-moving hurricane ground across the Pacific island nation, bringing gusts of wind of up to 285km per hour (177mph), causing flooding and landslides, and leaving at least two people dead.
On Thursday evening, the powerful Cyclone Yasa, a top category 5 storm, landed over the Bua province on the northern island of Vanua Levu , bringing torrential rain and widespread flooding across low-lying areas of the archipelago.
As of 00:10 GMT on Friday, Cyclone Yasa has slightly weakened to category 3 storm, according to the Fiji Meteorological Service. It missed the most-populated area around the capital, Suva in the southern main island of Viti Levu, where an estimated 850,000 people live.
One person was confirmed dead in the town of Labasa in Vanua Levu island, according to the FBC News. The fatality was seeking shelter inside his home when part of the building collapsed and pinned him.
The office of Prime Minister, Frank Bainimarama posted on social media on Friday morning.“ we are not out of the woods yet, keep safe and adhere to weather warnings!!”
Ahead of a nationwide curfew overnight on Thursday, the prime minister had warned the country’s near one million population to find shelter before one of the southern hemisphere’s most intense tropical storms on record.
Images shared on social media showed roads blocked by landslides, floodwaters and fallen trees.
According to local media, all roads in Rakiraki, a district on the main island with about 30,000 residents, were flooded.
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