The small Pacific nation of Tuvalu has felt the full force of Tropical Cyclone Tino as it sweeps through the region causing widespread flooding.Cyclone Tino causes huge waves to crash into Tuvalu.
The small Pacific nation was inundated as the tropical cyclone passed by yesterday.
The atoll was hit by the outer rim of the cyclone Thursday night through to yesterday with high winds, heavy rain and waves causing some damage to the island of Nukulaelae.
“Tropical Cyclone Tino hit us on Thursday night about 8pm and the wind was getting stronger and stronger from the north west of the island.
“Waves [were] so big that it washed through part of the island which damaged the farms.”
Images taken in the aftermath show the storm’s power with debris swirling around in shallow floodwaters covering the island.Tropical Cyclone Tino caused waves to flood the island of Nukulaelae.
With no higher ground for residents to flee to, the only option for emergency shelter during the storm was the local school and a two storey house under construction.
No one was injured on the island of Nukulaelae but one home was badly damaged by the wind and waves. Other properties received minor damage and flooding.
Residents were warned by the local meteorological service and media on Monday that the storm would hit the atoll later that week and many cut down trees and moved into the local school in preparation.
Tusi says the Red Cross has already supplied the island, with a population of less than 350, with canvas tarpaulins and blankets for the elderly residents.
He says the government and meteorological service are in contact with the island by email and a disaster committee is on standby for any further emergencies.
The island’s water tanks didn’t sustain any damage during the storm and they still have power.
“The disaster committee have warned the people to stay home and move to a safer place,” says Tusi.
“No boats are allowed to go out fishing.”
Tropical Cyclone Tino was upgraded to a category three storm today by the Fiji Meteorological Service.
The cyclone with winds of up to 140 kilometres per hour is due to make landfall at Udu Point, the northernmost part of Vanua Levu in the Fiji chain of islands, before midnight.