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Cyclone Winston Kills 20 in Fiji
   2016-02-22 19:51:43    CRIENGLISH.com      Web Editor: Mao Yaqing

A remote Fijian village is photographed from the air during a surveillance flight conducted by the New Zealand Defence Force following Cyclone Winston on February 21, 2016. [Photo: CFP]

Tropical cyclone Winston tore through the Pacific island nation of Fiji over the weekend, killing at least 20 people.

Many people are still hunkered down in hundreds of evacuations centers across the country on Monday, while authorities have begun a massive cleanup effort.

Fiji's Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama says the cyclone's intensity reached an historic level.

"It's supposed to be the most devastating storm on record in the Southern Hemisphere - Category Five when it reached our shores in last couple of days. The damage has been widespread, homes have been destroyed, many low-lying areas have flooded and many people have been left stunned and confused about what to do."

Winds from the cyclone reached 325 kilometers per hour, destroying villages and cutting off communications.

Seven fishermen remain missing as Fiji has declared a state of emergency.

The Australian and New Zealand governments have provided aid supplies to Fiji.

The Chinese government says it is also working on a plan to send emergency aid to Fiji.

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