A strong cyclone hit Fiji, there are missing people (VIDEO)

A strong cyclone hit Fiji, there are missing people.

At least one person has been killed and five missing on Sunday after Fiji was hit by a tropical cyclone for the second time this month, AFP reported. Cyclone Anna, a Category 2 storm, hit the island nation in the South Pacific with winds of up to 140 kilometers per hour and torrential rain, causing floods in large areas.

The National Disaster Management Service said a 49-year-old man drowned and four fishermen and a three-year-old boy went missing. More than 7,600 people, many rescued from flooded villages, have been sheltered in evacuation centers.

Local media reported that the three-year-old boy disappeared when he accompanied his grandfather to check their boat stranded in mangroves. Service director Vasiti Soko said people continue to ignore warnings not to come out during the storm.

"We are in the middle of a cyclone with heavy flooding across the country, but we are still receiving reports of people moving around, both adults and children. They need to be aware of the risks they are exposing themselves to. as well as for members of the Fiji police force deployed to rescue them in the event of an accident", she said.

In December, four people died and 23,000 fled their homes when supercyclone Iasi, the most powerful hurricane in the fifth category, leveled entire villages with gusts of wind up to 345 kilometers per hour.

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