Six residents were killed by a cyclone named “Victor” when it passed over Honiara yesterday midday. Besides, there were more than 100 people homeless and another 18 people have been treated in hospital for minor injuries.
Furthermore, more than 20 houses were destroyed and a number of other buildings sustained considerable structural damage.
According to police, the six people who died, 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.
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At 2 a.m. yesterday morning, meteorologists at the Nadi Weather Centre detected Victor developing rapidly near Nauru and moving quickly south-west across the Pacific towards the Solomon Islands.
At 3 a.m., the Centre contacted the Solomon Islands government warning of the approach of Cyclone Victor. After receiving the message, government officials immediately put emergency plans into operation. They warned all shipping in the area of the cyclone’s approach.
By 10 a.m., winds in Honiara were blowing at more than 140 kilometres per hour.