Cleanup begins after cyclone batters Fiji

There were no reports of casualties as the storm roared over the Pacific island nation on Monday, uprooting palm trees, tearing roofs off buildings and blowing down power lines.

 SUVA, Fiji — Residents are beginning to clean up after a powerful cyclone blew through the Pacific island nation.

Cyclone Evan on Monday ripped roofs from homes and churches, flooded roads and forced thousands to evacuate their homes. Strong seas near the capital, Suva, pulled two container ships onto a reef. Authorities say they hope to refloat them.

VIDEO: Cyclone Evan batters Fiji

Overall, Fiji appears to have come through the storm relatively intact, with some places yet to be assessed. There are no reports of deaths, the international airport at Nadi reopened Tuesday and most tourist resorts sustained only minor damage. Power and communications remain down in parts of the country.

More than 8,000 people, including foreign tourists, were evacuated to emergency shelters.

A category four storm, the second-highest level, when it hit Fiji, Evan had weakened and moved about 100 miles mph south of the main island of Viti Levu by Tuesday morning, the Fiji Metrological Service said.

The storm earlier wreaked greater havoc on Samoa. Authorities on Tuesday abandoned a search for 10 missing fishermen, bringing the death toll there to 14.
 

(The Associated Press and Reuters contributed to this report)

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