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Cyclone Harold: First Fatality Recorded, A 66-Year-Old Man On Kadavu

A 66-year-old man has been confirmed as the first fatality case from severe Tropical Cyclone Harold on the Island of Kadavu.
11 Apr 2020 15:24
Cyclone Harold: First Fatality Recorded, A 66-Year-Old Man On Kadavu

A 66-year-old man has been confirmed as the first fatality case from severe Tropical Cyclone Harold on the Island of Kadavu.

Police confirmed this case while a 12-year-old boy required medical evacuation to Suva after sustaining serious injuries during the cyclone.

Director of National Disaster Management Office, Ms. Vasiti Soko said this is an unfortunate incident as the man was trying to escape from his farmhouse in Namajiu village, Kadavu.

After the Initial Damage Assessment from the Divisional Emergency Operations Centers, the Eastern Division recorded a total of 244 houses was destroyed while 203 houses were partly damaged.The Central Division recorded a total of 94 houses was destroyed while 242 houses was partly damaged.

The Initial Damage Assessment in the Western Division is still being carried out including the assessment on Vatulele Island while the Northern IDA has just been completed.

“Due to the current lockdown in Suva, we will not send any first responders from Suva hence why we are releasing our teams outside Suva,” said Soko.
“We currently finalising the response and early recovery plans,” said Soko.

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