Trail of destruction slowly emerging after Cyclone Yasa smashes Fiji

After reaching category 5 ‘super’ status on Wednesday, Cyclone Yasa tracked further north than predicted and made landfall over Bua district on Vanua Levu.

Save the Children Fiji CEO Shairana Ali said:

“It’s still too early to know the extent of the impact, but we’re hearing reports Yasa destroyed entire villages in the north.

“There are collapsed buildings, trees snapped in half and debris strewn all over the ground. Schools have been damaged and roofs blown away.

1000 rescued as 'catastrophic' storm floods Houston

Houston mayor Sylvester Turner said 40 boats would be added for rescuing people from high waters that have filled neighbourhoods and highways. "Don't get on the road. Don't assume this storm is over," Mr Turner said.

Harvey came ashore late Friday as the most powerful hurricane to hit Texas in more than 50 years and has been linked to at least two deaths. The death toll is expected to rise as the storm lashes the US state for days, triggering more floods, tidal surges and tornadoes.

​Illegal fishing vessels to be destroyed

A judicial official will be present to witness the destruction.

The HMPNGS Buna will tow the two illegal vessel to their sinking site outside Port Moresby.

The vessels were used by 50 Vietnamese fishermen that had been fishing in PNG waters off Budibidi Island in Milne Bay Province on December 22, 2016.

They were apprehended by the PNG Defence Force naval ship HPNGS Seadler.

A total of 77 drums of beche-de-mer (sea cucumbers) were found on board the foreign vessels.

Residents worried over Ela Beach ‘destruction’

Ela Beach is Port Moresby’s primary public beach; it is frequented by families, friends, the elderly and joggers, among others, for recreational purposes. 

The K55 million development there will be undertaken in two stages.
Trees along the main road going towards the bus stop and town buildings have been removed with the first removal of the sand in the east end of the beach being dug up.