Suva, Feb 20: Fiji declared a state of natural disaster on Saturday as severe tropical cyclone Winston hit the South Pacific island country, a media report said. (Read: Fiji declares state of natural disaster over cyclone Winston) Also Read - Amid Assam Floods, Twitter Joins Hands With National Disaster Response Force to Help People Stay Updated About Relief Efforts
The declaration is effective for 30 days starting from Saturday, Xinhua quoted permanent secretary for rural and maritime development and national disaster management as saying. Also Read - #2020WorstYear Trends on Twitter As Netizens Ask 'What the Hell is Going On in This Year'?
“As your national disaster and controller who will be responsible for this operations and together with the Disaster Management Committee (DISMAC) machinery, we will do our best to maintain and uphold the interest of Fiji,” the official said. Also Read - After Cyclones Amphan And Nisarga, Another Low-Pressure System Forming in Bay of Bengal? Here's What India Meteorological Department Has to Say
Meanwhile, a nationwide curfew was imposed from 6 p.m. till further notice. Although no immediate casualties or damage were reported, the police kept monitoring the situation closely.
Power supplies to parts of Fiji including the capital of Suva had been cut as Winston, now a category five tropical cyclone — the highest possible level — swept through the Pacific island country.