#header-inner img {margin: 0 auto !important; #header-inner {text-align: Center ;} Fiji Coupfourpointfive: Lives bound to have been lost in cyclone

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Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Lives bound to have been lost in cyclone

There are fears a number of lives have been lost after Cyclone Tomas swept through Vanua Levu and Lau with wind speeds of about 250kmh.

Officials believe there are bound to have been casualties over the past two days.

The director of the Fiji National Disaster Management Office, Pajiliai Dobui, is quoted by Agence France-Presse as saying: "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."

New Zealand announced today that an RNZAF Hercules is on stand-by to head to Fiji as soon as weather improves.

The Foreign Affairs Minister, Murray McCully, says New Zealand was not going to allow ongoing political differences with Fiji’s military regime to interfere in helping the people of Fiji.

“Fiji authorities have declared a state of disaster and requested international assistance."

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