By Dale Western on 18 December 2012

The biggest cyclone to hit Fiji in 20 years has caused havoc after battering the Pacific nation with winds topping 200km/h (125 mph).

Thousands of people hid in evacuation centres when the category-four storm hit on Monday, wrecking homes, cutting power and causing flash floods.

The cyclone has since been downgraded and is expected to weaken further as it heads into cooler southern waters.

No deaths have been reported. Last week Evan killed several people in Samoa.

The neighbouring archipelago had no advance warning when the tropical storm struck late last week. Samoan authorities told the AFP news agency at least five people had died, with up to 10 still missing.

Guidance to Columbus customers regarding the Travel Delay/Abandonment and Missed Departure sections of the policy further to any disruptions.

  • This story has been circulated in the mainstream media since 18 December 2012, 02.23 GMT - therefore policies purchased after this date will not cover claims relating to travel delay or missed departure as a direct or indirect result of the Cyclone.
  • Customers should note that the airlines should make themselves responsible for offering clients alternate flights / compensation for additional accommodation and so these elements would not be covered under the policy.

Source AFP news agency.

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