One dead, more than 2,500 evacuated as Cyclone Sarai lashes Fiji

The Fiji National Disaster Management Office said one person was in intensive care and more than 2,500 people had moved to 70 evacuation centres. PHOTO: THEPALEOSHACK/TWITTER

MELBOURNE (REUTERS) - One person was killed in Fiji and one is missing as tropical cyclone Sarai battered the South Pacific nation with strong winds and heavy rain, the authorities said on Sunday (Dec 29).

The Fiji National Disaster Management Office said one person was in intensive care and more than 2,500 people had moved to 70 evacuation centres.

The category two tropical cyclone is not expected to make landfall in Fiji, though its weather service has issued storm and flood warnings for parts of the country.

"Close to its centre, the cyclone is expected to have average winds of up to 110kmh, with momentary gusts to 150kmh," the Fiji Meteorological Service said in a statement.

Cyclone Sarai is moving east at nearly 10kmh and is expected to move into Tongan waters on Tuesday.

Tonga's Meteorological Service has issued a heavy rain and flash flood warning for the entire country.

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