As it passed through the peninsular nation, the meteor destroyed homes, crops, and left several towns without electricity or communications.
The powerful cyclone “Yasa”, which was lowered this Friday from the maximum category 5 to 4, left a trail of destruction in several towns in Fiji, an island nation in the South Pacific, with no official reports of any casualties. mortals.
With winds of up to 240 kilometers per hour, the “Yasa” swept through Vanua Levu, the second largest island in Fiji, since Thursday afternoon, where it moved slowly during the night, destroying houses, crops, and leaving several villages without electricity or communications.
According to the National Office for National Disaster Management, about 23,500 people are relocated in 457 evacuation centers , although although the extent of the damage is unknown, the photographs published on social networks show various examples of the destruction.
The Fijian government, which declared a state of disaster for 30 days as a result of the cyclone on Thursday, warned this Friday that the alert for “Yasa” is still in effect in the eastern area of Viti Levu, as well as other nearby towns and islands.
The Fiji Meteorological Service, which reported Friday that “Yasa”, one of the strongest to hit Fiji in decades, has moved down to category four and is “rapidly weakening.”
The “Yasa”, which is expected to have winds averaging 155 kilometers per hour, with gusts of up to 220 kilometers per hour, is moving at a speed of 18 kilometers per hour towards the southeast to leave on Saturday morning from Fijian territory on its way to Tonga, added this government service.
In addition to “Yasa”, Cyclone “Zazu” hits the South Pacific, whose cyclone season occurs every year between November and April, and is heading towards Tonga.