NEW CYCLONE ‘CLIFF’ BATTERS NORTHERN FIJI, LAUS

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NEW CYCLONE ‘CLIFF’ BATTERS NORTHERN FIJI, LAUS

SUVA, Fiji (Fijilive, April 5) – At least 80 people are sheltering at three evacuation centres in Fiji’s northern division as the National Disaster Management Committee receives reports of homes being blown down.

Cyclone Cliff brought on heavy rain and strong winds to parts of Vanua Levu and the Lau Group overnight and this morning.

The cyclone is now moving away from Fiji.

[PIR editor’s note: According to the Fiji Meteorological Service, Cyclone Cliff was moving southeast towards Tonga but was expected to turn south. The storm was packing winds of about 50 miles per hour.]

DISMAC director Joeli Rokovada said several properties have been damaged in Valesau and Nakobo in Cakaudrove on the island of Vanua Levu.

The evacuees are staying at Kama District School, Vunisaki Primary School and Seventh Day Adventist Church in Buca also on Vanua Levu.

Rokovada said there is a huge landslide on Tukavesi Road (which links Savusavu to Buca) and it is closed.

"The workers are clearing the road," he said.

Rokovada said some families on the island of Taveuni have now returned to their homes after they were flooded overnight.

The Commissioner Eastern Tomasi Tui said he has only received reports of flooding in Lomaloma Village on Vanuabalavu.

Tui said he is finding it difficult to contact other islands in the Lau Group.

Rokovada is also waiting to receive reports of damage from the islands in Lau.

"We have been trying but there seems to be some problem with the telephone lines," he said.

Meanwhile Tropical Cyclone Cliff is moving towards the southeast at 25 km per hour, away from the Fiji group.

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