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10-month-old baby among those presumed dead in Fiji cyclone

/ 01:57 PM February 24, 2016
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In this Sunday, Feb. 21, 2016 aerial photo supplied by the New Zealand Defense Force, debris is scattered around damaged buildings at Muamua on Vanua Blava Island in Fiji, after Cyclone Winston tore through the island nation. Fijians were finally able to venture outside Monday after authorities lifted a curfew but much of the country remained without electricity in the wake of a ferocious cyclone that left at least six people dead and destroyed hundreds of homes. AP

WELLINGTON, New Zealand — A 10-month old baby is among those missing and presumed dead in a Fiji cyclone after the boy’s parents told a local television station they lost hold of him amid ferocious winds and floodwaters that rose to their necks.

The death toll from Cyclone Winston rose to 42 on Wednesday.

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Another four people were listed as missing, including the infant on Koro Island, where at least 10 people have died.

The cyclone tore through the Pacific Island chain over the weekend with winds that reached 177 miles (285 kilometers) per hour, making it the strongest storm in Fiji’s recorded history.

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The parents of Apisai Vulaono told Fiji One Television they were at peace with the thought their firstborn child had found eternal life.

Government spokesman Ewan Perrin confirmed their account.

READ: Fiji cyclone death toll reaches 29 after island ‘flattened’

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