20 Feb 2017

Roll call of dead in Fiji on Cyclone Winston anniversary

2:57 pm on 20 February 2017

The names of the 44 people who died during Cyclone Winston have been read out at a commemoration in the Fiji capital Suva.

It's a year ago today since the storm struck, affecting nearly two thirds of the country and causing nearly a billion US dollars in damage.

Employers had been asked to let as many workers as possible attend the ceremony which was led by the president Jioji Konrote.

Representatives of some of the worst affected communities were invited to attend the multi faith service at Suva's Albert Park.

The government said it was a moment to remember those who died and give thanks Winston spared much of the rest of Fiji.

An opposition leader Sitiveni Rabuka said the service was inappropriate given thousands are still suffering in tent homes and classrooms one year on.

He said the funds spent on getting school children and civil servants to attend the event would be better spent on rehabilitation.

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