Six died when Cyclone Victor hit Honiara yesterday, and other 18 hospitalised. 20 hours of cyclone has left a trail of destruction and led to at least 100 homeless people.

Police confirmed six people died, saying “three men drowned when their car was blown off the road into a river, and flying debris killed two women and a man.”

According to the emergency services,  Honiara has been the worst affected in spite of without a complete evaluation.

Post-disater reconstruction and mopping-up operations have begun.

The Nadi Weather Centre detected cyclone Victor in South Pacific near Nauru at 2 a.m. and noticed the cyclone was moving rapidly towards the Solomon Islands.

The Solomon Islands government took the emergency actions promptly when receiving a warning from the centre at 3 a.m. Winds peaked at over 140 km/hour by 10 a.m. At around midday, the centre of cyclone victor passed over Honiara.