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Find Your Diving Canceled?

there’s weather and whether they have enough customers

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Photo by Damien MauricThe Fijian islands were hit by a hurricane-force storm, Cyclone Winston, on February 20, causing loss of life and massive damage. Apparently the most powerful storm ever to have hit the southern hemisphere, it left leaving tens of thousands of people homeless. Mike Neumann from Beqa Adventure Divers on the south side of Viti Levu tells us they were severely shaken but they are otherwise OK, however, there was massive damage at the north end of Viti Levu. The Volivoli Beach Resort at Rakiraki reports, although the resort took some damage, nobody was injured, all the boats are safe and hopes the Ra Divers diving center will be back in operation shortly. However, the islands of Vanua Levu and Taveuni further north seem to have taken the brunt of the storm.

Jean-Michel Cousteau, whose resort and dive center escaped major damage, has made a direct appeal to divers to donate to the Fiji Emergency Fund, at www.oceanfutures.org

Damien Mauric, a French national living in London and on vacation in Fiji aboard the Fiji Siren, tells us that damage at Savusavu was severe. "It's been apocalyptical, but we survived Cyclone Winston. The hotel where we sheltered has been severely damaged. The wind took off part of the roof, and many windows were blown out, injuring people with deep and large lacerations. We had to create a hospital of fortune in the middle of all this mayhem."...


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