A state of emergency has been declared in Fiji after Cyclone Tomas struck in the north and east of the Pacific island nation. Homes have been destroyed and some 17,000 people are now sheltering in emergency accommodation.
Cyclone Tomas has ravaged the eastern Lau archipelago and the country’s second-largest island, Vanua Levu. Authorities say only one death has been confirmed so far.
Curfews will remain in place in the worst-affected areas until Wednesday where schools and government offices are also closed.
The category four storm is hundreds of kilometres away from the main island and is not expected to strike the capital of Suva. Forecasters say the storm will gradually weaken and pass around Fiji’s southern tip early on Wednesday.