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Devastation, Mayhem In Vanua Levu In TC Yasa’s Trail

Homes have been completely damaged. Tabia, Vunivau, Dreketi in Bua, Nabouwalu and most areas in the province of Bua and Macuata have felt the brunt of TC Yasa.
18 Dec 2020 06:27
Devastation, Mayhem In Vanua Levu In TC Yasa’s Trail
Images from Wairiki village in Bua. Photo: Kelera Betevua

A path of devastation and mayhem has been left behind on Vanua Levu as Tropical Cyclone Yasa passed.

The category five cyclone made landfall near Lekutu in Bua around 6pm on Thursday and moved slowly at a speed of 18 kilometres per hour. Wind speeds of 150 kilometres per hour with gusts well over 200 kilometres have battered Vanua Levu.

As at 9pm, TC Yasa was still in Vanua Levu but slowly exiting from Namalata and headed towards Koro.

Reports have emerged that there has been extensive damage to homes and infrastructure in most of Vanualevu.

Homes have been completely damaged. Tabia, Vunivau, Dreketi in Bua, Nabouwalu and most areas in the province of Bua and Macuata have felt the brunt of TC Yasa.

Reports emerging from Labasa suggested high speed winds causing devastation.

Kinoya based Navin Singh made contact with family in Tabia. He said he was told that none of the homes in the area were standing.

“I was told that none of the wooden homes were standing. Most homes have had their roofs blown away,” he said.

“My uncle in Tabia said the winds were still strong.”

Jeet Lal was able to talk to family in Vunivau for a short while. ‘

He said his sister’s home was destroyed and had been told by friends in the day that their homes were destroyed as well.

A primary school in Bua used as an evacuation centre also suffered significant damages. It is still not clear if people had started taking shelter there or not.

Communication from impacted areas is now zero resulting from possible damage to communication towers. Reports have emerged that water and power supply have been disrupted.

Labasa has also been affected.

The National Disaster Management Office would provide a brief on the situation after information has been collated by their ground team.

There is also no report of loss of life as yet but this could change.

 



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