Category Archives: Fiji

God, minerals and mud: thousands flock to Fiji's 'miracle spring'

The impoverished town of Natadradave, home to just 27 families, has become a site of global interest thanks to ‘healing properties’ of its natural pool

The crowds begin to gather before dawn, snaking along with dusty backroads of Tailevu district in eastern Fiji, humid jungle pressing at them from every side.

Ambulances and open-topped trucks bearing stretchers are allowed to pass first, then those who can walk, and finally the healthy arrive, loaded up with empty water bottles to carry home to sick relatives and friends.

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Cyclone Gita: Tonga devastated by worst storm in 60 years

Winds of more than 230km/h recorded as parliament building flattened and power lines brought down

The islands of Tonga in the South Pacific have been devastated by Tropical Cyclone Gita with winds of 230km/h flattening parts of Parliament House and causing significant damage and injuries across the kingdom.

Gita hit Tonga around 8pm on Monday night and peaked between 11pm and 2am, slamming on to the south coast of the main island of Tongatapu, bringing down electricity lines, smashing churches and levelling fruit trees and crops vital to the island’s livelihood.

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