Cyclone Hola damage

Disaster authorities in Vanuatu said Cyclone Hola caused widespread damage on most islands in the central parts of the country.

Last week, the cyclone passed over Vanuatu as a Category 3 strengthening to a Category 3, with destructive winds over 150 kilometres an hour.

The director of Vanuatu’s Disaster Management Office, Peter Korisa, said an aerial survey of the affected areas was conducted on Sunday.

It found that Cyclone Hola caused major damage to food gardens, houses and public infrastructure.

Mr Korisa said the damage to gardens was particularly concerning.

“Most people in Vanuatu, they are small farmers, subsistence farming, so they depend on small plots of gardening as the means of their livelihood.

“So we have flown to several islands and they have noticed that most of their gardening has been damaged.”

Mr Korisa said his office was yet to confirm reports that one person was killed during the cyclone and several others seriously injured.

He said food, water and shelter were the priorities for the relief efforts, going forward.

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