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Fiji knock New Zealand out of Rugby League World Cup

Fiji are into the semi-finals. Credit: PA

New Zealand are out of the World Cup after Fiji edged a try-less game to book a World Cup semi-final date with Australia.

The Kiwis, finalists in the last three tournaments, looked a shadow of their former selves and Fiji took advantage to claim a 4-2 victory in an error-strewn first meeting between the sides.

Fiji dominated the first half in Wellington but were too slow and laboured to break the Kiwis down as they failed to add to Apisai Koroisau's penalty.

The Bati could not make the most of Jordan Rapana's sin-binning and only held a slender advantage heading into the closing stages after Shaun Johnson and Taane Milne exchanged two-pointers.

But that proved to be enough as they held on to reach a third successive semi-final.

Fiji launches clean-up as cyclone death toll hits 21

The death toll from one of the most powerful storms to hit the southern hemisphere in recorded history has risen to 21, officials have revealed.

Before and after: Tropical cyclone Winston hit Fiji at the weekend Credit: Reuters

A major clean-up operation has been launched in Fiji after swathes of crops were ripped up, homes were destroyed and fresh water supplies blocked or contaminated by tropical cyclone Winston.

A total of 21 people have now been confirmed killed in the storm, while four others are still reportedly missing at sea.

A massive clean-up operation has been launched after the storm Credit: Reuters

Almost 8,000 were forced to flee to evacuation centres across Fiji as 200mph winds battered the island nation.

A 36-hour curfew was lifted early this morning, meaning the military has been able to begin trying to reach more remote parts after communications were damaged.

Death toll rises to 17 after cyclone hits Fiji

A village battered by the cyclone Credit: Royal New Zealand Air Force / Facebook

The death toll from Cyclone Winston that battered the island of Fiji has risen to 17.

The clean-up began on the Pacific island nation this morning after remote villages were flattened by the fierce gales.

"The death toll from Cyclone Winston continues to rise and reports of widespread damage are coming in from across Fiji," said New Zealand Foreign Minister Murray McCully. "It is clear that Fiji faces a major cleanup and recovery operation."

The majority of the fatalities were along the western coast and were caused mainly by flying debris and drowning in storm surges, authorities said.

There were also fears for seven fishermen believed to be missing at sea.


Palm trees crash into power lines as cyclone batters Fiji

The fierce gales battering Fiji have been caught on camera as palm trees crashed into power lines.

Cyclone Winston has left at least six people dead and hundreds of homes destroyed.

Fijians have been told to stay indoors for a second night.

Winds from Cyclone Winston, which tore through the Pacific Island chain over the weekend, reached 177mph.

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Fiji curfew extended as cyclone leaves six dead

Cyclone Winston has destroyed hundreds of homes in Fiji Credit: EBU

At least six people have died and hundreds of homes have been destroyed in a cyclone in Fiji with people being told to stay indoors for a second night.

Winds from Cyclone Winston, which tore through the Pacific Island chain over the weekend, reached 177mph.

Cyclone Winston has destroyed hundreds of homes in Fiji Credit: EBU

A curfew was extended through to early on Monday, with police empowered to make arrests without a warrant to ensure order.

Fiji cyclone: 'I've never seen anything like this'

Clearing up begins in Fiji following tropical Cyclone Winston Credit: Reuters

Save the Children Fiji chief Iris Low-McKenzie described the terror of Cyclone Winston tearing through capital Suva as a massive clear-up begins.

She said it was too early to assess the impact on other remote islands in its archipelago, though it is feared thousands of homes were destroyed.

"I'm especially concerned about the remote communities in outlying areas that we haven't been able to contact yet," she said.

"Until communications are re-established and assess the damage, we won't know the full extent of situation."

Ms Low-McKenzie added: "I've never experienced anything like this. The noise was frightening as roofs were blown off homes and trees were ripped out by their roots."

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