A powerful cyclone has swept through the Vanuatu archipelago in the South Pacific Ocean. The UN says it is gravely concerned, with unconfirmed reports of dozens of deaths in northeastern Vanuatu.
The Category 5 storm, named Cyclone Pam, swept through the Vanuatu island chain overnight into Saturday with 278 kilometer (168 mile) -per-hour winds. The storm triggered flash flooding and knocked out power and running water in Vanutau’s capital, Port Vila.
The UN says the cyclone could be one of the worst ever weather disasters for the Pacific.
One person was confirmed dead in Papua New Guinea. The storm has also affected the Solomon Islands and Kiribati. Authorities in New Zealand are preparing for the storm, forecast to pass north of the country on Sunday and Monday.
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Source News: DW