TC Oma destroys homes and crops

The cyclone flattened some homes. (Picture: Vanuatu Red Cross)
The cyclone flattened some homes. (Picture: Vanuatu Red Cross)

TROPICAL Cyclone Oma has destroyed some homes and gardens in Torba and Sanma Provinces in Vanuatu.

The National Disaster Management Office (NDMO) said the cyclone has also caused flash flooding in some areas.

A home damaged by Oma. (Picture: Vanuatu Red Cross)
A home damaged by Oma. (Picture: Vanuatu Red Cross)

According to information received by NDMO from communities in Torba, the destructive winds from TC Oma has caused extensive damage to gardens and the roofs of the buildings that were not firmly secured were blown off.

In Sanma Province, a river in west coast Santo has burst its banks following the heavy rain and damaged roads as well as washing away gardens of taro.

Approximately 76 households have gardens there. As such NDMO said this community is expecting to face an immediate food shortage.

Crop damage from Oma. (Picture: VBTC)
Crop damage from Oma. (Picture: VBTC)

The NDMO said the Vanuatu Mobile Force (VMF) personnel on the ground had informed evacuees on Santo and Ambrym about the cyclone and identified safe houses in case of emergency.

NDMO has been trying to establish contact with the affected provinces since the development of the tropical cyclone.

The Torba, Sanma and Malampa Provincial Emergency Operation Centre (PEOC) has been activated and the partners and cluster groups are on standby to respond should it be required.

Schools throughout these provinces have closed since Wednesday when the cyclone was upgraded to category 2.

Fruit trees destroyed by Oma. (Picture: VBTC)
Fruit trees destroyed by Oma. (Picture: VBTC)
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