Fiji evacuees begin to return home after Cyclone devastation

13:09, March 19, 2010      

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Fiji's Disaster Management office said on Friday that people in northern and eastern parts of the Pacific island country were gradually returning to their homes after Cyclone Tomas devastation.

Northern parts of the Lau and Lomaiviti island groups were the worst hit as the cyclone pounded coastlines, bringing damaging swells of up to eight meters.

An estimated 18,000 people sheltered in evacuation centers during the storm, and the Disaster Management Office's acting director Pajiliai Dobui said not all have homes to return to.

Meanwhile, the Fiji authorities have confirmed a second person died as a result of Cyclone Tomas.

A man who was a driver for the Public Works department was washed away and drowned as he tried to cross a river.

Fiji's Health Ministry has sent teams to the eastern and central divisions to assess health risks following the storm. In a related development, New Zealand Defense Force personnel have carried out the last of their relief supply duties in the wake of Fiji's Cyclone Tomas and were due to fly home late Friday afternoon.

Squadron Leader Kavae Tamariki said the team delivered the last supplies on Friday morning to the Labasa airport in Vanua Levu.

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