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Fiji cyclone toll rises to 42

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SUVA — The loss of life from Fiji’s super-cyclone hit 42 till Tuesday, with authorities saying the Pacific country’s recuperation from the devastating storm could take months.

“The official loss of life now is 42, another eight bodies were found on the island of Koro since Monday,” government spokesperson Ewan Perrin said. “We are anticipating that it should rise but we hope it will rise by a small number,” he added.

The death toll has crept up in the days since Cyclone Winston struck Fiji late on Saturday as communication has gradually been restored with the outer reaches of the archipelago that is home to some 900,000 people.

As aid efforts intensified, communications were established with some of the worst-hit remote communities, revealing the scale of the disaster.

Severe tropical cyclone Winston, the most powerful storm ever recorded in the southern hemisphere, lashed the island nation overnight on Saturday, packing wind gusts of 325 kilometres per hour and leaving a trail of destruction.

Thousands of people are still sheltering in evacuation centers as their homes destroyed by winds or flooded by the most powerful storm to ever strike a Pacific nation.

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7 injured in Dhading truck-microbus collision

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DHADING — Seven passengers were injured after a microbus and a truck collided head-on at Baireni in Galchhi rural municipality-6, Dhading on Thursday morning.

The cement loaded truck(Na 5 Kha 7386) en route to Kathmandu from Gajuri collided with the microbus(Ga 1 Kha 2966) coming from Pokhara from Kathmandu.

Driver of microbus along with other six have sustained injuries. Other injured are Ramendra Bishwokarma and Purna Kumari Gurung of Syangja, Aasha Gurung, Aarapi Gurung and Bibek Poudel of Kathmandu, Anju Chaudhary of Kaski and Suman Gurung of Lamjung, according to Area Police Office, Gajuri.

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