Toll from cyclone Winston in Fiji rises to 20

Suva, Feb 22 (IANS) At least 20 people were killed in a tropical cyclone Winston, authorities said on Monday.

Akapusi Tuifagalele, director of the National Disaster Management Office, confirmed the latest nationwide death toll, Xinhua reported.

Meanwhile, officials confirmed to the government-owned Fiji Broadcasting Corporation that at least seven fishermen from the Yasawas group of islands in Fiji’s western division were missing at sea. The fishermen went out to sea on Friday and have not been heard from since.

Fiji has declared a state of natural disaster for a period of 30 days. A curfew imposed during the cyclone was lifted on Monday morning.

China’s Ministry of Commerce was working on a plan to provide emergency humanitarian assistance to Fiji.

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