Effects of a tropical cyclone on the economy:
- Loss of income from exports, and general economic downturn. Many south-western Pacific Island economics
are bases on cash crops. eg: coconut, sugar cane. High winds and flooding can destroy whole crops.
- Cost of replacing destroyed infrastructure.
- Reduction in tourism (usually a short-term affect).
- Unemployment as businesses forced to close due to damage.
- Positive effects include development of new, modern infrastructure, better planning for future hurricanes,
and people may be better able to cope in the future.
Effects of a tropical cyclone on social activities:
- Loss of life abd injury- eg: nearly 100 people killed by Cyclone Namu (1986)
- Loss of people's homes causes financial hardship and trauma, while the potential for future hurricanes
causes people to be scared.
- Reduction in food supply may lead to problems of malnutrition. Health may also be affected by water
contamination and disruption of sewerage systems.
- On a positive note, families and even whole communities often rally together as a result of tropical
cyclones. Community spirit can be strengthened.