Homes destroyed as severe storm makes landfall in Torba

Category 3 cyclone Donna left a classroom roofless in a school in Vanua Lava yesterday afternoon. Photo Credit: Joshua Bule/Facebook

By Glenda Willie

A number of homes were reportedly destroyed in various islands within Torba Province and as of yesterday, a classroom in a school in Vanua Lava has been left roofless due to the severe cyclone, reports from the social media confirmed.

Service from both telecommunication companies, TVL and Digicel, were also down as of yesterday.

The local Community Disaster Committees (CDCs) in Torba Province have activated their network since Thursday and are working around the clock to ensure people are prepared as they braced themselves for the severe category 3 Tropical Cyclone Donna.

When Daily Post contacted a father in Mota Lava on Thursday afternoon he said they have been experiencing continuous heavy rainfall, strong winds and rough seas since Wednesday.

Our source in Mota Lava confirmed that CDCs have been advising people to ensure their homes are safe and people residing close or rivers or the along the coast to move further inland.

The CDCs have also identified places and building as evacuation centers.

According to the father in Mota Lava, several communities in Ureparapara and Vanua Lava are prone to flooding and people living near rivers have sought safety in safer locations.

Meanwhile, the Department of Meteorology and Geo-Hazards has warned that very destructive winds and very rough to phenomenal seas with heavy swells will affect Torba, Sanma and Malampa.

Heavy rainfall and flash flooding is also expected over Torba, Sanma, Penama and Malampa especially over low lying areas and areas close to river banks. Coastal flooding is also expected.

As of yesterday afternoon Red Alert was activated for Torba Province.

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