Fiji cyclone leaves trail of destruction, five dead

February 21, 2016 5:37 AM

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SYDNEY Fiji was assessing the damage on Sunday after one of the most powerful storms recorded in the southern hemisphere tore through the Pacific island nation, flattening remote villages and killing at least five people.

Reports of damage are still flowing in from remote spots across the archipelago of about 300 islands devastated late on Saturday by tropical cyclone Winston, which packed winds of 230 kph (143 mph) that gusted up to 325 kph (202 mph).

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