People inspect the damage at Nokonoko settlement on February 26, 2016, caused by Cyclone Winston which devastated Fiji. AFP PHOTO / STEVEN SAPHORE
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Australia is sending a relief ship to Fiji to assist in the recovery effort after Cyclone Winston, the worst ever recorded in the southern hemisphere, tore through the island nation last Saturday, as the sheer scale of the disaster becomes clearer.The effects of Cyclone Winston were being felt on the eastern coast of Australia, more than 2,600 km (1,615 miles) southwest of Fiji, on Saturday.Australia's Bureau of Meteorology issued dangerous surf warnings and authorities closed many beaches in the states of Queensland and New South Wales as swells of up to 6 meters (20 feet) generated by Cyclone Winston battered the coast.
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