TC Josie flooding death toll exceeds Cyclone Evan stat

Fiji's PM Voreqe Bainimarama with students of Yat Sen Primary School in Suva at the launch at the of 'Our Home, Our People climate change Virtual Reality (VR) project in Fiji' this morning. Picture: SUPPLIED

Fiji's PM Voreqe Bainimarama with students of Yat Sen Primary School in Suva at the launch at the of 'Our Home, Our People climate change Virtual Reality (VR) project in Fiji' this morning. Picture: SUPPLIED

Update: 12:37PM THE death toll from the flooding caused by Tropical Cyclone Josie exceeds that of the Cyclone Evan in 2012.

Fiji’s Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama highlighted this while officiating this morning at the launch of ‘Our Home, Our People climate change Virtual Reality (VR) project in Fiji’.

No fatalities were recorded during Cyclone Evan, whereas four deaths were recorded at the height of TC Josie.

“While mercifully, we were spared a direct hit from Tropical Cyclone Josie, the death toll from the flooding still exceeds that of Cyclone Evan at the end of 2012,” Mr Bainimarama said.

“We had no deaths here in Fiji back then despite the category four winds,” he said.

“And (Tropical) Cyclone Josie reminds us that even if we are spared the destructive winds, the torrential rain these cyclones produce can be just as much of a killer.”

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