CYCLONE BRUSHES NEW CALEDONIA, MOVES SOUTH

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MELBOURNE, Australia (Radio Australia, Feb. 28) - Cyclone Ivy moved south from Vanuatu and has passed over New Caledonia, causing only minor damage.

The Meteorological office in Noumea says the cyclone moved south east of New Caledonia.

It was heading out over the South Pacific Ocean in the direction of New Zealand.

New Zealand, meanwhile, was helping Vanuatu compile a damage report after the cyclone left major damage and the loss of at least one life in the island chain.

A New Zealand Air Force Orion has been sent to survey the damage.

Communications between Vanuatu's outer islands and the main island, Efate, have been disrupted and a survey from the air will help close the information gap.

March 1, 2003

Radio Australia: www.abc.net.au/ra

 

 

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