School children narrowly escaped a mudslide through their school as Tropical Cyclone Cliff struck Fiji yesterday at category 1. The cyclone peaked about 2pm yesterday when gusts of up to 120km/h hit the northern island Vanua Levu. "We don't know all the damage yet. We know there were roofs blown off and some infrastructure completely destroyed. There were big sea swells. In some places the shores were inundated by the sea." A woman died on Tuesday night while trying to cross a bridge above swollen waters. The cyclone today drifted over the Lau group of islands in Fiji's south east, and was expected to be downgraded to a tropical depression as it headed towards Tonga. Cyclone season in Fiji lasts from about November to the end of April.
Tropical Cyclone Cliff caused considerable damage to a number of roads, some due to landslides and some due to wash-outs.