Tropical cyclone Sarai causes huge damages to Fiji's infrastructure

Source: Xinhua| 2020-01-08 19:37:03|Editor: xuxin
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SUVA, Jan. 8 (Xinhua) -- The recent tropical cyclone Sarai in Fiji has caused over two million U.S. dollars in damage to the island nation's infrastructure.

According to Fiji Broadcasting Corporation (FBC) on Wednesday, after conducting ground assessment, the Fiji Roads Authority (FRA) confirmed that tropical cyclone Sarai had caused around five million Fijian dollars ( about 2.3 million U.S. dollars) in damage to Fiji's infrastructure.

FRA Chief Executive Jonathan Moore said that 16 crossings and roads in the island nation were washed out, and jetties in the islands of Kadavu, Moala and Cicia also sustained damage and the FRA's assessment team is still on the ground.

They are still strengthening jetties on the three islands. Work on the southern island of Kadavu has finished and work on the other two islands will be finished by the end of this week and will be accessible again, he said.

Tropical cyclone Sarai lashed Fiji in the last days of December 2019, killing two people and injuring another one. Many parts of Fiji had been without power and the main island of Viti Levu had experienced a power failure until Sunday. The Fijian government also set up more than 50 evacuation centers to home more than 2,000 people.

Two tropical cyclones, including Sarai, are expected to affect Fiji this cyclone season from November to next April and the peak period for cyclone is usually from January to March.

In 2016, Fiji was hit by tropical cyclone Winston, in which 44 people were dead and extensive damages were made.