Six people dead and over 100 were left homeless in Honiara yesterday as cyclone ‘Victor’ blitzed through the Solomon Islands capital. Blowing at over 140km/hr, the cyclone passed over Honiara at midday, destroying homes and buildings, leaving an additional 18 people injured.
The Nadi Weather Centre, located in Fji, detected the cyclone at 2a.m. that morning, contacting the Solomon Islands Government to launch emergency operations. Warnings were broadcasted on radio, and police were sent through the city to warn citizens of the cyclone’s arrival. Cyclone ‘Victor’ passed through Honiara with winds striking up debris that killed two women and one man. A further three men were drowned as their car was blown into a river, says police.
Post its destruction, Cyclone ‘Victor’ has since tracked into the Coral Sea. Clean up operations have begun in Honiara where it is believed to be the most affected, but emergency services are still awaiting news on the damages from outlying districts.