"An 18-year-old student is believed to be the country's latest drowning victim. The student was swimming in the Baidamudamu waters in Kadavu when the incident occurred this afternoon. The man is believed to have been swept away by strong currents when he was swimming with his friends", NDMO said in a press conference streamed on its Facebook page.
BRIEFLY ON #TCSarai as of 8am (29/12/19)— Fiji National Disaster Management Office (@FijiNDMO) December 28, 2019
1⃣ Casualty in Kadavu
1⃣ still missing in Vunidawa, Naitasiri
1⃣ in ICU at #CWM Hospital in Suva after sustaining injury from a fallen tree at Cunningham, Suva. Recovering.
7⃣0⃣ evacuation centres activated with 2⃣5⃣3⃣8⃣ evacuees. Hi Sun😎 pic.twitter.com/96GMNv5zLU
According to NDMO, one more person sustained injuries from a fallen tree in the capital of Suva and another one is missing in Naitasiri Province, while 2,538 people have found refuge in 70 evacuation centres across the country.
Flood warnings remain in place for low lying areas of the island nation. Videos of the cyclone have been shared on social media showing heavy downpours and floods. Trees have fallen in some areas.
A carrier carring six passengers and a cow was today washed away by strong currents while trying to cross a flooded bridge at Naqelewai in Naitasiri. Video: Ro Veronika Rokoisau #TimesNews #FijiNews #TCSarai pic.twitter.com/RRDVYkF12N— The Fiji Times (@fijitimes) December 27, 2019
On Saturday, the cyclone ravaged Fiji with heavy rains and strong winds. According to The New Zealand Herald, wind gusts reached 140 kilometres (87 miles) per hour, and several houses were damaged. Some parts of the country are also dealing with power cuts and flooding. Sarai is expected to head to Tonga after Fiji.
A Gale Warning remains in force for Vanua Levu, Taveuni & nearby smaller islands, Yasawa & Mamanuca Group, Kadavu, Lomaiviti Group, Viti Levu & nearby smaller islands.— Fijian Government (@FijianGovt) December 26, 2019
A Strong Wind Warning remains in force for the Lau Group & Rotuma.#FijiNews #Fiji #FijianGovernment #TCSarai pic.twitter.com/TJecy8wngc