Fiji declares state of natural disaster as powerful cyclone hits

Cyclone Yasa, a top category five storm expected to bring winds of up to 250 km per hour (155 miles per hour) and torrential rain, made landfall over Bua province on the northern island of Vanua Levu at about 6 p.m. local time (0600 GMT).

β€œThe impact for this super storm is more or less the entire country,” Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama said in a video posted on Facebook. He told the country’s near 1 million population to find safe shelter ahead of a 14-hour nationwide curfew beginning 4 p.m. (0400 GMT).

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