Cyclone Donna

All schools within the provinces of Torba, Penama and Malampa Province have closed their doors as of yesterday as Category 3, Tropical Cyclone batters the northern part of the country.

The closure of schools comes following an instruction from the Ministry of Education and Training.

Acting Director Education Services, Dick Hopkins advises all school heads within these three respective provinces to make sure their students are safe. Boarding students should remain at a safe location in schools, boarding schools were advised.

Head teachers and principals are also advised to ensure all school resources are well secured and kept safe during the cyclone.

MoET will have its first cluster meeting with Save the Children today.

Meanwhile, the Vanuatu Meteorological and Geo-Hazards Department (VMGD) in its forecast track of the cyclone says Donna was moving west north-west as at 5pm yesterday then it will be moving west south west then swings to a southerly direction once it reaches near the north-western tip of Santo on Saturday.

The VMGD has warned that very destructive winds of 125 KM/HR gusting to 185 KM/HR are expected and very rough to phenomenal seas with heavy swells will affect Torba, Penama, Sanma and Malampa provinces.

Heavy rainfall and flash flooding is also expected over low lying areas and areas close to river banks with expected coastal flooding.

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