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Monday, 22 February 2016 - 12:00
Post-Cyclone Cleanup Begins In Fiji
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Fijian citizens who sought shelter from the destructive Cyclone Winston have been urged to return home to begin the enormous task of cleaning up.

At least 20 people are believed to have died in the devastating cyclone on Saturday, the most powerful storm ever recorded in the Southern Hemisphere.

The head of the Pacific nation's western division says people who took refuge in cyclone shelters need to return home soon to help with the clean-up effort, Fiji Broadcasting Corporation reports.

Power and telecommunications remain down across widespread areas of the Fijian islands, including across the main island of Viti Levu, and authorities are yet to determine the full extent of the damage in outer islands.

Many centers do not have clean drinking water and humanitarian workers in Fiji have warned that many families have lost their homes and crops.

A curfew across Fiji was lifted on Monday morning but a 30-day state of emergency has been declared as the urgent recovery task is assessed.

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