The category 5 tropical cyclone Winston made landfall in Fiji on 20 February 2016 is the strongest storm to ever form in the Southern Pacific. 350,000 people are reported to be affected with 43 deaths and 24,000 houses destroyed. 250,000 people are in need of clean water, sanitation and hygiene assistance and 60,000 school children have been affected. The Fiji Government has declared a state of natural disaster and puts current estimated damages at US$500 million.
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