Just before New Year, a strong storm went through Funafuti. It looks like gale force winds caused damage to trees, branches and buildings, and a storm surge caused sea water to flood roads and houses, even washing up a fishing boat up onto the lagoon shore.
The damage does not appear to be as severe as the storm surge from Cyclone Pam earlier in 2015. However, the pictures below show how fragile a low-lying coral atoll can be when the sea inundates the island.
These pictures are links to the “Tuvalu News” Facebook page: