Orbital View: Fatalities in Fiji

Editor’s Note: This article previously appeared in a different format as part of The Atlantic’s Notes section, retired in 2021.

Here’s a view of Cyclone Winston yesterday just before it became “the strongest landfalling tropical cyclone on record in the South Pacific archipelago” of Fiji:

The cyclone has since killed at least 10 people and destroyed hundreds of homes in the small island nation, according to the Weather Channel. More from the AP:

[UNICEF spokeswoman Alice Clements] said there was foliage everywhere that looked like it had been put through a blender. About 80 percent of the nation’s 900,000 people were without regular power, although about one-third of them were able to get some electricity from generators, said Dregaso, the disaster office official. [...]

The government declared a 30-day state of natural disaster, giving extra powers to police to arrest people without a warrant. The government said the curfew would end at 5:30 a.m. Monday. “The curfew has been imposed to protect lives and protect property,” Prime Minister Bainimarama said in his address.

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