Friday, March 19, 2010
Cyclone claims two lives so far
A man found dead in a river outside Labasa is being regarded as the second victim of the cyclone.
Fiji media reports say the man was trying to cross the river when strong currents pulled him under.
Disaster management officials say there is likely to be more deaths but they won't know until communication is restored to the affected islands.
The first death was a woman who was pulled out to sea while performing a traditional ritual on the beach with relatives after the cyclone warning was issued.
Meanwhile satellite images show that islands in the Lomaiviti group were hit by eight metre high storm surges at the height of Cyclone Tomas.