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TC Harold continues to wreak havoc in Vanuatu

April 7, 2020 9:47 am
The main street of Luganville on Espiritu Santo island [Source: Sandra in Vanuatu]

There’s been no communication from the Vanuatu islands hardest hit by the powerful Tropical Cyclone Harold.

The Category 5 storm made landfall on the Vanuatu island of Santo yesterday with destructive winds as high as 235km/h.

The cyclone passed directly over Santo and hundreds of people are sheltering in evacuation centres.

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In Luganville, a town of 16,000 people, roofs have been blown off houses, trees snapped, and the council building has been destroyed.

Overnight, Tropical Cyclone Harold showed no sign of weakening as it moved across Vanuatu.

One telecommunications provider, Vodafone, said there was a general network outage in Banks, Santo, Malekula and Pentecost.

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