Yesterday morning, six people were killed, over 100 people being homeless and 18 people got hurt due to the cyclone.
The cyclone caused serious consequences. 18 people have been treated in hospital for minor injuries, three men drowned when their car was blown off the road into a river, and two women and a man were killed by flying debris. Besides, more than 20 houses were destroyed and plenty of buildings were also damaged.
The cyclone named “Victor” moving south-west across the Pacific towards the Solomon Islands was informed by meteorologists at the Nadi Weather Centre one hour later after they detected it. Government officials immediately put emergency plans into operation, warned all shipping in the area of the cyclone’s approach, broadcast warnings on the radio, alerted the police and the public.
Mopping-up operations have already started in Honiara, which is considered as the worst affected. The emergency services are still awaiting news from outlying districts.