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Cyclone Harold: ‘Winds Were So Strong It Uprooted The Biggest Trees’

The head teacher of a school in Matuku says the winds brought by Tropical Cyclone Harold were so strong it uprooted the thickest and biggest tree in the village.
10 Apr 2020 11:05
Cyclone Harold: ‘Winds Were So Strong It Uprooted The Biggest Trees’
Debris inside the Veilomani Methodist Church, Makadru Village, Matuku. The church was badly destroyed.

The head teacher of a school in Matuku says the winds brought by Tropical Cyclone Harold were so strong it uprooted the thickest and biggest trees in the village.

This was Delaiverata District School school head Eroni Waqabaca’s account who said the winds damaged 22 houses while 12 houses were completely destroyed.

“The trees were swept through the village damaging more houses,” Mr Waqabaca said.

“The storm surge broke into the village at about 5pm in on Wednesday afternoon and took down one side of the walls of the Veilomani Methodist Church in the village.”

What was left of some of the houses on Makadru Village, Matuku after Tropical Cyclone Harold.

What was left of some of the houses on Makadru Village, Matuku after
Tropical Cyclone Harold.

He said the devastating and destructive winds ravaged the island for almost six hours.

“Damages were also sustained at the school block blowing off the rooftops of some classrooms and even the walkway shelter in the school.”

He said villagers were surviving of what remains of their farms anticipating any kind form of assistance they would be provided to help them recover from the ordeal.

Edited by Ranoba Baoa

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