World Briefs: Fiji deals with aftermath of cyclone

Fiji deals with aftermath of cyclone

SUVA (Fiji) • Fiji began a massive clean-up yesterday, after the most powerful cyclone in the Pacific nation's history killed six people, flattened scores of homes and crippled infrastructure.

The super-storm lashed the tourist haven overnight on Saturday, packing gusts of 325kmh, said United Nations humanitarian agency OCHA.

It said at least 150 houses were destroyed and 60 others damaged.


Missing radioactive material found

BAGHDAD • A "highly dangerous" radioactive material that went missing in Iraq has been found dumped near a petrol station in the southern town of Zubair, environment ministry spokesman Ameer Ali said yesterday.

He said it had not been damaged and there were no concerns about radiation. The loss had raised concerns that the material could be used as a weapon if acquired by Islamic State in Iraq and Syria militants.


Runaway lions back in Kenya reserve

NAIROBI • Four lions that went on the prowl in Nairobi after escaping from a national park have returned to the reserve, rangers said on Saturday, after a day-long hunt for the big cats.

Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) issued an appeal on Friday, as armed rangers and KWS vets with dart guns scoured bush and farmland alongside the Kibera district, one of Africa's largest slums, for the predators.


A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on February 22, 2016, with the headline 'World Briefs: Fiji deals with aftermath of cyclone'. Subscribe