11:06 GMT04 July 2020
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    MOSCOW (Sputnik) - An 18-year-old male student marked the first fatality of tropical cyclone Sarai in Fiji, while another unidentified person sustained injuries and more than 2,500 others have been evacuated across the country, the National Disaster Management Office (NDMO) said on Saturday.

    "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.

    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.

    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.

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