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3/17/2010

State of Disaster Declared in Fiji

SUVA (AFP) – Fiji's government Tuesday declared a state of disaster as the first deaths were reported in the cyclone-ravaged Pacific nation where 17,000 people have fled to evacuation centres.

The leader of the military regime, Voreqe Bainimarama, said although the full extent of the damage from Cyclone Tomas was yet to be determined, it had been devastating.

"It is evident that wherever Tomas has struck, the damage has been overwhelming," he said in a statement.
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