New Delhi, February 25: As an attempt to provide aid the cyclone hit Fiji, India is sending at least 40 tonnes of medicines, food and tents by an Indian Air Force plane as the island nation reached out for foreign help.
Indian Air Force is flying a C17 transport aircraft from Delhi to Chennai with about 20 tonnes of medicine and food. From Chennai, another 20 tonnes of tentage will be picked up and flown to Fiji.
Cyclone-devastated Fiji on Thursday said it was likely to need more foreign aid as the body count from the most powerful storm in its history climbed to 44. Parts of the country remain paralysed after a massive tropical cyclone, Winston, struck the island nation over the weekend.
Tropical Cyclone Winston, the most powerful tempest ever documented in the southern hemisphere, made landfall over the Fijian archipelago on Saturday night with wind gusts that reached 200 miles per hour. Due to floods, villages were razed and thousands of people were drived away from their homes. India also extended one million dollar help to Fiji as immediate help.