Tropical cyclone “Harold” hit the islands of the kingdom of Vanuatu

Tropical cyclone Harold remains active over the Solomon Sea after it land on land over the island of San Cristobal on April 2, 2020. After that, about 28 people aboard the ferry went missing due to the stormy sea. Harold is the 8th named storm of the 2019/20 South Pacific Tropical Cyclone season.

As of 13:00 UTC on Friday, April 3 (00:00 LT April 4), the storm was located approximately 390 km west of Torres and 450 km west-northwest of Santo. The storm was moving southeast at a speed of 19 km / h, with winds near the center estimated at 74 km / h. It is expected to head directly to Vanuatu by Monday, April 6.

On Friday morning, maritime authorities confirmed that 28 people went missing after being washed off the ferry in the stormy sea on the Solomon Islands.

The passenger ship, MV Taimareho, was returning on a charter organized by the local MP as part of the COVID-19 emergency response.

To conduct search operations, a rescue boat was sent – one boat, since the rest of the crews are on karate. The country’s rescue helicopter could not fly, because the pilot is in quarantine.

Residents of the city have already begun to assess the damage caused by the cyclone. Meanwhile, the National Council for Emergency Situations warned citizens to look for safer areas after reports of families trapped in their homes as rivers and streams emerge from the banks.

According to Vanuatu’s Department of Meteorology and Geo-Hazards (VMGD), Harold is expected to spread closer to the northern provinces of Vanuatu Torba and Sanma on Saturday, April 4, with winds of 74 km / h and gusts of up to 105 km / h.

A serious meteorological warning applies to the Vanuatu group. A warning of the wind in the stormy sea was also announced for open waters west of the provinces.

Fiji Met warned that by Monday, April 6th, the storm is likely to follow directly into Vanuatu and be located exclusively near the capital’s port as a category 3 tropical cyclone.

“After Vanuatu, cyclone Harold will probably circulate over the waters south of Fiji in the middle of next week, but it will be far from the mainland of Fiji.”

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