NADI, Fiji, More than 18,000 people are still staying at evacuation centres in Fiji after tropical cyclone Keni hit the South Pacific Island state with heavy rain and destructive winds on Tuesday, reported Xinhua news agency.
Fiji's National Disaster Management Office (NDMO) on Wednesday said most of the evacuees are in the centres in the western part of the country and the evacuees will return to their homes when it is safe.
Anare Leweniqila, director of NDMO, said that the impact of tropical cyclone Keni on Fiji is still unknown and their focus right now is to provide emergency services to the affected people.
The damage assessments are currently underway in the western part and other affected areas of the island nation.
A report also said that NDMO hoped to send out a plane to assess the damages to Kadavu and Onoilau islands.
Fiji's Kadavu Island has suffered a direct hit and devastation to homes and plantation from tropical cyclone Keni with its highly destructive winds wiping out homes, uprooting trees and capsizing boats on the south side of the island.
Keni also caused the death of one man in Ba, a town in western Fiji while trying to secure his house with blocks and falling off his roof at the height of the heavy rain and winds.
Currently, 90 roads across Fiji remain closed due to damage caused by heavy rain and flooding while all schools in the western part and Kadavu island are also closed and being used as evacuation centres.
Keni is the second tropical cyclone to hit Fiji in just over a week after tropical cyclone Josie caused six deaths over the Easter weekend.
Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK