15 Mar 2010

Ului damages buildings in Solomons

2:34 pm on 15 March 2010

Strong winds from Cyclone Ului have damaged semi-permanent houses and buildings in Rennell in Solomon Islands.

A spokesperson for the Solomon Islands National Disaster Management Office Julian Makaa says some houses along seaside in the Weather Coast of Guadalcanal have also been washed away, as strong winds and heavy rain continue to batter the province.

He says the cyclone has been reduced to category four and storm force winds of up to 116 kilometers per hour being felt in Rennell and Bellona province.

"The reports also say fallen trees; a lot of fallen trees have blocked the road on the island and extensive damage to especially banana gardens. But so far no casualties or injuries, so that's good news."

Julian Makaa says the cyclone is heading to open waters.