Fiji eyes more cyclone aid as toll hits 44

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SUVA, Fiji: Cyclone-devastated Fiji said it was likely to need more foreign aid Thursday as the body count from the most powerful storm in its history climbed to 44.
France became the latest country to join the relief effort following last weekend’s deadly super-cyclone, flying in three tons of supplies and 40 engineers to help rebuild crippled infrastructure. But with Care Australia confirming the death toll had reached 44 — up from 42 previously — and that about 35,000 people were homeless, officials said Fiji “requires all the support that can be given.” Australia and New Zealand have so far led the international response, sending planes laden with supplies, helicopters and medical teams.

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