by Laura Syvaniemi
Six people lost their lives and another 18 were treated for minor injuries as Cyclone Victor hit Honiara yesterday. Over 100 people were left homeless as more than 20 houses were destroyed.
The cyclone was detected at 2 am as it developed rapidly near Nauru and moved towards the Solomon Islands. The government was warned an hour later and emergency plans were immediately launched. By 10 am winds were blowing at more than 140 kilometres per hour in Honiara.
Three men drowned when their car was blown off the road into a river, while two women and a man were struck dead by flying debris. Over 20 houses were destroyed and numerous other buildings were considerably damaged.
Mopping-up operations have started in Honiara, which is believed to have been the worst affected. Emergency services are still waiting for news from other districts.
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