Cyclone “Victor” hits the Solomon Islands

Early in the morning, the Government put the country under emergency, but 6 people were killed, 18 were sent to the hospital and several houses were destroyed in Honiara, the city that took the brunt of the damage.

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It all started at 2 a.m., when the Nadi Weather Centre detected a cyclone developing near Nauru and moving towards the Solomon Islands. An hour later, the meteorologists contacted the Government, which quickly deployed their emergency plans. They warned ships in the area, broadcasted warnings on the radio, and alerted the police.

At 10 a.m. though, the cyclone struck Honiara, Solomon Islands’ capital city, killing 6 people, injuring 18, and leaving 100 people homeless. The emergency services are still on call in nearby districts, but they believe that Honiara was the worst affected district.

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Cyclone Strikes Solomon Islands Capital

Six people dead and over 100 were left homeless in Honiara yesterday as cyclone ‘Victor’ blitzed through the Solomon Islands capital. Blowing at over 140km/hr, the cyclone passed over Honiara at midday, destroying homes and buildings, leaving an additional 18 people injured.

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Residents walking through the rain and surrounding debris following the aftermath of the cyclone (Audience Submitted: Tony Bransby)

 

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