Fiji hit by its strongest ever cyclone

  • 21 February 2016
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Image caption This image from NASA shows Cyclone Winston in the South Pacific Ocean

A massive clean-up operation has begun on the Pacific Island of Fiji after a powerful cyclone.

Cyclone Winston hit the island on Saturday, with winds of over 200 miles per hour, torrential rain, and waves of up to 12 metres. Many homes were destroyed and several people died.

It's the first time that Fiji has been hit by a category five storm - the strongest kind of storm found on earth.

Hundreds of homes were destroyed, and electricity lines were cuts.

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Image caption Residents boarded up shops in the hope that it would protect them from the storm
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Image caption But many buildings were destroyed by the powerful winds
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Image caption Power and water were also cut off for a lot of the country
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Image caption Families in the town of Ba dug through the remains of their home after it was destroyed by the cyclone
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Image caption A service station was destroyed by winds which ripped the roofs from buildings
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Image caption Debris was scattered across towns and cities
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Image caption Now, a massive clean-up operation is underway as the government has declared a 30-day state of natural disaster

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