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Foreign Minister extends condolences over cyclone in Fiji

Updated: Feb 22,2016 7:45 PM     Xinhua

BEIJING — Foreign Minister Wang Yi on Feb 21 expressed condolences over Fiji’s losses in Cyclone Winston.

In a message to his Fijian counterpart, Inoke Kubuabola, Wang pledged that the Chinese government is willing to provide assistance within its power.

The Ministry of Commerce also said on Feb 21 that it was working on a plan to help with reconstruction in the South Pacific island country, while the Chinese Embassy in Fiji said it was coordinating with the Fijian government over aid.

The cyclone, one of the most powerful storms in the Southern hemisphere, tore through Fiji over the weekend, leading to 20 deaths by Feb 22. The death toll is expected to rise dramatically in the coming days.