One dead, five missing as another big storm batters Fiji

Salababa rescue Fiji

Parts of the system are still covering Viti Levu, Vanua Levu and nearby islands.

According to Fiji Broadcasting Corporation (FBC) on Monday, a 49-year-old man drowned last Friday while five people, including a 3-year-old boy and two women, have gone missing during the severe weather caused by the tropical cyclone, which made landfall in Fiji on Saturday night.

Ana has weakened and downgraded to a category 2 system at midday today while located about 240km south-southwest of Matuku and about 240km west-southwest of Ono-i-Lau.

ABC correspondent Lice Movono, who lives in the capital Suva, said the intensity of the cyclone was unexpected.

"I think that given we had been used to Cat Fives and Cat Threes and really everything above a Cat Three, I think that maybe I personally, and a lot of people, might have underestimated what a Category One storm was like".

Earlier the NDMO had issued warnings for people to stay away from the water.

Office Director Vasiti Soko said a river near Suva unexpectedly burst it banks and crews needed to rescue villagers from their homes.

The biggest concern for Fijian authorities seemed to be the floodwaters and burst rivers.

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It is the second cyclone to hit Fiji in just over a month.

The FMS warned that winds of this strength and speed can cause significant damage to trees, weak structures and houses, heavy damage to crops and power failures.

A second cyclone is expected to hit Fiji's main islands in the next 24 hours.

Cyclone Ana is moving to the south of Viti Levu and is forecast to sweep over the island of Kadavu late tonight or early morning.

He said the system was expected to slow down as it crosses over the Fiji Group.

Cyclone Bina on track to cross Fiji.

Forecasters expected the Cyclone to reach New Caledonia's Loyalty Islands by Wednesday.



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