On the boat, we almost always have a nice breeze and stay cooler. A state of natural disaster has been declared in Fiji, as the nation braces for the arrival of Cyclone Yasa this evening. BSP Fiji comprises of the Bank, BSP Life and BSP Finance and the donation is earmarked for Fijians who have been severely affected by the cyclone. Tropical Cyclone Pam is on course for the South Pacific islands of Vanuatu and Fiji with landfall expected Friday as the category 4 storm continues to intensify. Introduction. People living in Viti Levu, Vanua Levu and other islands in the Fiji group can expect damaging to destructive winds from Thursday. The official NaDraki weather service said Tropical Cyclone Harold was offshore south of Fiji's main island Viti Levu, but passing closer to land than initially expected. CYCLONE VIDEOS. The storm made its way to Fiji after leaving a trail of destruction in the Solomon Islands and Vanuatu and battered the country with winds of 150mph. The challenge can be attributed to the lack of in situ observations … The Big Picture: After the waves pulled back. The views expressed in the contents above are those of our users and do not necessarily reflect the views of MailOnline. April 22, 2015 9:07 am. Cyclone Harold was a category five cyclone that caused widespread destruction in Vanuatu. Fiji on Thursday declared a 30-day state of natural disaster as the category 5 tropical cyclone Yasa hit the island country. She said: 'We've done some programming there in the past, so I can recognise the landmarks -- you can see that 90% of all buildings are obliterated, is the term I'd use.'. "It's a nightmare," said Banuve Lasaqa Lusi, a resident of Labasa, the main town on Vanua Levu. The state of natural disaster will be in place for the next 30 days, the nation's disaster management announced. People are splashed by a wave whipped up by the encroaching cyclone Winston in Labasa, Fiji, Saturday, Feb. 20, 2016. The tropical cyclone season in the South Pacific region runs between November and April every year and Fiji is expected to experience up to three tropical cyclones during the 2020/2021 cyclone season. Cyclone Yasa, located approximately 240 kilometers (150 miles) north-northwest of Suva, Fiji, is currently tracking east-southeast at 20 kph (13 mph). He said ocean conditions were perfect for it to strengthen further in the coming days and that people should heed warnings. Fiji's National Disaster Management Office (NDMO) estimated that 93,000 people, or 21,000 households, in the country were affected by tropical cyclone Yasa. This video … Fiji was hit in April by category five Cyclone Harold, which killed one man, injured others and caused millions of dollars worth of damage. SHELTER PROECTS 2015 - 2016 63 NATURAL DISASTER A.15 / fiji 2016 / TropicAl cyclone WinsT on overvieW ASIA - PACIFIC CONTEXT fiji is an archipelago of 332 largely mountainous islands of volcanic origin, of which 110 are inhabited low-lying atolls. The cyclone, which reached the equivalent of Category 4 hurricane strength, lashed the Vanuatu Islands before barreling toward Fiji. SYDNEY. The storm has pounded Sydney and other parts of New South Wales state since Monday. NDMO director Vasiti Soko said 85 evacuation centres had been set up and officials were attempting to maintain social distancing to ensure COVID-19 did not spread among those fleeing the cyclone. Dozens of homes have been destroyed by a cyclone Yasa which hit the island nation overnight. In 2015 Cyclone Winston, another category five storm, killed 44 people and left many homeless. Fiji radar and satellite images show that Yasa had already begun … Cyclone Season in Fiji Cyclone Predictions: Well, we are over half way thru the cyclone season and we haven't had any big storms yet - YEAH! The main street of Ba, north of the island, was submerged after the local river burst its banks. *The Nadi - Tropical Cyclone Centre was officially designated by WMO in June 1995 as a Regional Specialised Meteorological Centre (RSMC) with activity specialization in tropical cyclones tasked to provide "first-level" information in tropical cyclones (ie, basic information covering the tropical cyclones' present and forecast position, movement and intensity) in the South-West Pacific Ocean. The Fiji Meteorological Service said winds at the center of the powerful storm would average 240 km/h, with gusts of up to 345 km/h. But let's not forget there were other significant storms that season, too. BSP Fiji comprises of the Bank, BSP Life and BSP Finance and the donation is earmarked for Fijians who have been severely affected by the cyclone. In 2015 Cyclone Winston, another category five storm, killed 44 people and left many homeless. Christmas crisis for Congress as Trump rejects must-pass Defense bill and then flies to Mar-a-Lago: President refuses to sign act that would abolish Confederate names on bases - and say he might veto COVID relief too, Trump summons Pennsylvania GOP senators to White House for mystery luncheon as more than a dozen House Republicans join his Hail Mary bid to overturn election, Sixteen GOP attorneys general back NRA lawsuit against NY AG Letitia James who is seeking to dissolve group over claims top leadership used the organization as their 'personal piggy bank', Just like his dad! Terrifying moment a tiger shark clamps its jaws around a... Vanuatu is smashed by 235km/h winds as category five... 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Fiji was hit by category five Cyclone Harold in April, which killed one man, injured others and caused millions of dollars worth of damage. Michelle does all the hard work as she and buff-looking Barack enjoy Christmas kayak trip in Hawaii, Chance of falling IGUANAS! The comments below have not been moderated. Prime Minister Frank Bainimaram said the country should be prepared for “heavy rain, damaging winds, coastal inundation, and flooding.”. Fiji was hit by category five Cyclone Harold in April, which killed one man, injured others and caused millions of dollars worth of damage. The deadly Pacific storm Cyclone Harold has slammed into Fiji, tearing off roofs and flooding towns as it causes mass devastation across the country. Fiji's government warned residents to stay alert on Friday as a slow-moving hurricane ground across the Pacific island nation, bringing gusts of wind of up to 285 km per hour (177 miles) and causing flooding and landslides. Thu, 19 Mar 2015 11:36:00 +0100. Photos posted on social media reveal mass destruction being caused by the storm as winds battered across the country and flattened homes, Trapped residents are rescued from their homes amid extensive flooding caused by Tropical Cyclone Harold after it hit Fiji. In 2015 Cyclone Winston, another category five storm, killed 44 people and left many homeless. Image: NOAA People in Fiji's northern division are described Cyclone Yasa as the scariest experiences of their lives. It can be deadly. Cyclone Yasa is forecast to pass close to Fiji's main islands as a category five on Thursday or Friday. News; World; 0 Comments. Former Fiji 7s star Vilimoni Botitu scored a try but it was not enough as his Castres team lost 26-17 to the Newcastle Falcons in European Challenge Cup. 'There are a number of reports of winds whipping up flying debris in the Suva area. Through the evening of 26 February, approximately 62,000 people were house… Dyson Cyclone V10, JBL BoomBox and … 7 (as of 27 February 2016), Fiji: Severe Tropical Cyclone Winston Situation Report No. 11 (as of 3 March 2016), National Emergency Operation Center: Tropical Cyclone Winston Situation Report 53 of 04/03/2016, "After Tropical Cyclone Winston: Fiji Humanitarian Appeal requests $38.6 million to help restore the Island nation", "Cyclone Winston survey sets new baseline for damage data", "Communications still down in parts of Fiji", "$2.98 billion damage caused by TC Winston", "$9.6m worth of food rations distributed", "Fiji : Severe Tropical Cyclone Winston Situation Report No. Approximately 250,000 people required water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) assistance due to power outages and damaged infrastructure. Keep yourself indoors and out of harm's way. "The thunderous sound of the wind and what is flying around is what's frightening." SUVA (FIJI) - Super cyclone Yasa flattened entire villages as it tore through Fiji, but there were no initial reports of casualties, aid agencies in the Pacific island nation said Friday. … Boko Haram says it abducted 300 boys. "#TeamFiji, we are not out of the woods yet, keep safe and adhere to weather warnings!!" The deadly Pacific storm Cyclone Harold has slammed into Fiji, tearing off roofs and flooding towns as it causes mass devastation across the country. Related Stories. A powerful cyclone that tore through Fiji late last week has caused havoc in some areas and left people without shelter and fresh water, Fiji Red Cross said on Sunday. 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Latest forecasts say it will brush past Tonga early Thursday, still at Category Four strength, before petering out over the sea by the weekend. World Vision's Vanuatu director Kendra Gates Derousseau said an aerial survey carried out by disaster officials late Tuesday showed the town of Melsisi on Pentecost island had also been devastated. It is feared the death toll from Cyclone Pam could rise when communications are restored in the region. It has been hot and humid - especially on land. Then their neighbour Freesoul moved in with bulldozers and excavators. Officially deemed one of the most intense tropical storms in the southern hemisphere on record, Category 5 Cyclone Yasa ripped through the northern region of Fiji last Thursday, bringing powerful wind speeds that reached up to 177 mph. KAZINFORM Powerful Cyclone Yasa has caused at least two deaths and widespread destruction in Fiji, the country’s prime minister said on Friday. Cyclone Yasa is now a category four, with a growing likelihood that it will pass directly over Fiji's two main islands on Friday as a category five, the highest possible. The BSP Fiji Group today announced a funding support of FJ$75,000 to the Tropical Cyclone Yasa Relief Assistance. 6 minutes ago Warning that Vanuatu is facing long term food shortages because of damage to crops. 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