Cyclone Victor claims six

More than 20 houses were destroyed by Cyclone Victor in Honiara

Six people died and 18 were injured after cyclone Victor struck Honiara City yesterday. More than a hundred people were left homeless after strong winds destroyed at least 20 houses.

Among the six casualties, three men died from drowning when their car was blown off the road into the river by winds moving more than 140 kilometers per hour. Flying debris hit two women and a man who died from the impact.

Emergency personnel are still attending to the victims in hospitals, while awaiting information on injured individuals from other areas outside Honiara.

Several buildings sustained structural damages from the cyclone. Officials already began clearing operations in the affected areas.

Meteorologists at the Nadi Weather Centre detected the cyclone moving quickly towards the Solomon Islands at 2 a.m. yesterday and named it “Victor” after an hour.

Government officials immediately began emergency plans. They warned all shipping companies and sent broadcast warnings to radio stations and police departments.


2 thoughts on “Cyclone Victor claims six

  1. Hi Patricia … an excellent story and worth the wait! Strong headline, good picture and caption. And well tagged, although I might have used ‘natural disaster’ perhaps. Did you think there was anything you might hyperlink? The only thing I can think of to suggest regarding the story, is that I would consider using Solomon Islands instead of Honiara in the first sentence, as we said we were writing for a Sydney based news room. Many Australian readers might not know Honiara, but would know the Solomons. You can introduce that it is the capital city further down. Otherwise, a really well written story.


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