Fiji

    The UN has been providing assistance to Fiji, where recent heavy rains have claimed 11 lives and forced over 10,000 people from their homes. The nation's National Disaster Management Office reported that the flooding, caused by rains which fell mainly between Jan. 7 and 10, will recede over the coming days, allowing people to return to their homes. But it cautioned that Fijians still face health, sanitation and livelihood challenges. The Office said that 10,556 evacuees are taking shelter in 156 centers, with the death toll having climbed to 11 with one person still missing. (UN News Service)

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