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At least four dead as Cyclone Josie batters Fiji

Photos and videos posted on social media showed cars and buildings engulfed in floodwaters. Photograph: (Twitter)

WION Web Team Wellington, New Zealand Apr 02, 2018, 07.34 AM (IST)

Cyclone Josie caused severe flooding in the South Pacific island nation, killing at least four people and leaving another missing, local media reported.

Five people were washed away and "police have retrieved four bodies," police director of operations Livai Driu told the Fiji Village website. 

The search was continuing for a missing 19-year-old man. 

The National Disaster Management office said more than 1,000 people were sheltering in evacuation centres while heavy rain and strong wind warnings remained in place for Monday.

Much of the main tourist town of Nadi was underwater as Josie, with wind gusts up to 100 kilometres per hour (60 mph) caused widespread flooding before moving away from the island group.

Photos and videos posted on social media showed cars and buildings engulfed in floodwaters.

"Nadi town and some villages are all drown," said one message.

"The cyclone has already killed five people. So many people have been left without basic needs," read another.

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