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More than 20 dead as Fiji is battered by Cyclone Winston

More than 20 people are dead and hundreds of homes have been destroyed after Cyclone Winston struck Fiji with recorded wind gusts of up to 201 miles per hour.

A curfew remains in place, schools have been ordered to shut for a week and a 30 day state of emergency has been declared.

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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.

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