15 Mar 2010

Rennell and Bellona in Solomons appear to escape serious damage

10:23 am on 15 March 2010

The Solomon Islands Disaster Management Office says the impact of winds from Cyclone Ului have not been as damaging to the southern group of Rennell and Bellona as initially predicted.

Its Director, Loti Yates, says his last update from the meteorological service reported winds of up to 120 kilometres per hour to the region.

He says he hasn't received any reports of major damage caused by the Category Five cyclone.

"This morning my contact with one of the principals of a particular secondary school on Tingoa indicated that at the provincial headquarters, there is not much damage there. They're experiencing really strong winds but it seems that the provincial headquarter, the impact is not as bad as they had initially thought."

Loti Yates says the Disaster Management Office is expecting some flooding to affect coastal communities.