FAMILY MISSING AT SEA AS CYCLONE KATRINA NEARS VANUATU

PORT VILA, Vanuatu (January 9, 1998 -Radio Australia)---Vanuatu officials say a family of three is missing at sea off northeastern Maewo island as Cyclone Katrina, the second in three days, nears Vanuatu’s Espiritu Santo island.

The National Disaster Management Office says a man, his wife and child have been missing since late yesterday after being seen on a canoe near Maewo, 150 miles north of the capital, Port Vila.

The National Meteorological Office says Cyclone Katrina, with winds gusting to over 60 miles an hour, is situated just to the northwest of Espiritu Santo, Vanuatu's biggest island.

Elsewhere in the Pacific, Cyclone Susan, to the south of Fiji, is weakening after having passed through Lautoka, damaging 13 shops but causing no casualties, and threatening other Fiji areas with winds of up to 150 miles an hour.

Cyclone Ron, which struck the French territory of Wallis and Futuna earlier in the week, causing damages but no reported injuries, also is weakening and continuing to move away from populated areas.

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