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Five casualties in TC Winston aftermath

February 21, 2016 3:44 am

Five casualties have been confirmed in the aftermath of Tropical Cyclone Winston.

This was confirmed by Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama this afternoon after attending a briefing with the National Disaster Management Office.

The Disaster Management Office (NDMO) has confirmed that the casualties are from different parts of the country – one from Koro Island, two from Ovalau, one from Qelekuro in Tailevu and one from Nasau in Ra.

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Bainimarama says TC Winston has left behind destruction however he says teams have been working hard to help people rebuild their lives.

“Particular emphasis will be placed on reconnecting with our Eastern Division to our national grid so we can urgently assess and address the damage in our maritime regions. We are also working hard to keep the Fijian people as updated as possible on the restoration process. In some cases the electricity has been intentionally cut off in order to prevent severe damage. When we are able we will provide timelines for the return of water and power so that people can plan in the short term of how best to care for themselves.”

Bainimarama reiterates that the national curfew will be in place until 5.30am tomorrow.

He says the curfew is in place to protect lives and property and it is vital for everyone to respect this curfew.

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