Six killed by cyclone in Solomon Islands


81641979_026312087Trees were blown down by cyclone.
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by Qian Lu

Six people were killed by the cyclone “victor” in the early morning yesterday in Solomon Islands. 18 people have been treated in hospital for minor injuries.

According to the emergency services, Honiara has been the worst affected. More than 20 houses were destroyed and a number of other buildings sustained considerable structural damage in Honiara. More than 100 people are now homeless.

81656863_fed8b35b-0efd-44a5-b974-5dd2643c35ccMore than 20 houses were destroyed
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Police say three men died when their car was blown off the road into a river, and two women and a man were killed by flying debris.

By 10 a.m., winds were blowing at more than 140 kilometres per hour in Honiara.

At about midday, the centre of the cyclone passed directly over Honiara and tracked into the Coral Sea and then blew itself out.

Mopping-up operations have started in Honiara.

At 2 a.m. yesterday morning, meteorologists at the Nadi Weather Centre detected a cyclone near Nauru and moving quickly towards the Solomon Islands. They informed the Solomon Islands government of Cyclone Victor.

Government officials immediately warned all shipping and people in the area of the cyclone’s approach.

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One thought on “Six killed by cyclone in Solomon Islands

  1. Thanks Angela, a good story. Your headline is good … but I’m wondering can you reimagine it in the present tense (this is the usual practice)? I like the captions on the pictures. BE careful with use of the definite article (‘the’ is unnecessary in ‘the’ cyclone Victor) and you must capitalise proper nouns like Victor.


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