Suva, Feb 20 : Fiji declared a state of natural disaster on Saturday as severe tropical cyclone Winston hit the South Pacific island country, the government-owned Fiji Broadcasting Corporation (FBC) confirmed. (Read: Severe cyclone takes aim at Tonga) 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 Meleti Bainimarama, 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 and resources of the government, we will do our best to maintain and uphold your interest and the interest of Fiji,” Bainimarama 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