Cyclone Sarai Batters Fiji, 1 Killed and Over 2,500 Evacuated

  • A tropical cyclone named Sarai has battered Fiji, the small South Pacific nation, on Sunday with strong wind and heavy rain. The Fiji National Disaster Management Office has said that over 2,500 people were moved to 70 evacuation centers. Authorities say that one person is killed by Sarai and one patient is in the intensive care unit. In a statement, the Fiji Meteorological Service has said: “Close to its center the cyclone is expected to have average winds of up to 110km/hr with momentary gusts to 150km/hr.” Reports say that the category II tropical cyclone will not make landfall in Fiji. The cyclone is moving towards the Tongan waters at around 10 kmph (6 mph) and is expected to reach there by Tuesday. Heavy rain and flash flood warning have been issued by Tonga’s Meteorological Service in the country.