15 Feb 2017

Fiji to mark Cyclone Winston anniversary

9:07 am on 15 February 2017

The names of those who died in Cyclone Winston will be read out in a national ceremony in Fiji on Monday to mark Cyclone Winston's direct hit a year ago.

A birds eye view of Lavena village Taveuni in Fiji after Cyclone Winston

A birds eye view of Lavena village Taveuni in Fiji after Cyclone Winston Photo: Alex Perrottet/RNZ

The first anniversary will also commemorate the 44 people who died with a minute's silence.

FBC reports people will be invited to share their stories of survival and resilience in the days following the disaster, seen as the worst in living memory.

The National Disaster Management Office says the focus will be on the strengths and lessons learnt.

The broadcaster reported the government would also give an update on recovery and rehabilitation from the Category 5 cyclone on Monday.