Cyclone Yasa Kills 2 in Fiji


Yasa strengthening east of Vanuatu early on December 14. NASA - NOAA-20 Satellite.

Two people have died after Cyclone Yasa ripped through Fiji.


Yasa was the strongest storm in the basin since Cyclone Winston in 2016 as well as the fourth most intense tropical cyclone on record in the basin. Yasa is the second tropical disturbance as well as the first named storm and severe tropical cyclone of the 2020–21 South Pacific cyclone season.


In parts of Rakiraki and Labasa, there was extensive flooding.


The cyclone struck Vanua Levu destroying homes in Tabia, Vunivau, Dreketi and Nabouwalu. Schools in Vanua Levu were severely damaged.


Over seventy roads were closed around the country as a result of fallen trees, broken powerlines, floodwaters and landslides.


In Belego Savusavu, 15 homes were destroyed and water and electricity supply was disrupted.


Shortly after Yasa made landfall in Fiji, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies released information on initial emergency relief funds for the storm. The funds of 97,000 USD, were used to provide first aid, shelter materials, tarpaulins, hygiene kits, household items, and safe water to more than 17,700 people.