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.