16 Feb 2005

Cook Islands assessing damage of Nancy, the second cyclone in just over a week

8:40 pm on 16 February 2005

The Cook Islands is assessing the damage caused in the wake of Cyclone Nancy, the second to have hit the country in just over a week.

There were no reports of any injuries but initial accounts show that trees were uprooted and power lines were brought down on the islands of Aitutaki, Atiu and Mitiaro while destructive winds also hit Mauke and Manuae.

Roofs were also blown off two houses on Mitiaro.

Chief inspector, Teroi John Tini, at the National Emergency Operations centre, says at this point, it appears there was only limited damage on the main island of Rarotonga.

"Other than falling trees breaking down power lines, we've just had reports it is most likely that the roofing on one of the churches in Matavera have just been blown off."

Meanwhile, Cyclone Nancy is continuing to move away from the southern Cooks.