Apart From One Death, New Caledonia Relatively Unscathed By Cyclone

All cyclone alerts have been lifted; Cook moves towards New Zealand's south island

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (Radio New Zealand International, April 11, 2017) – All cyclone alerts have been lifted in New Caledonia as the French territory takes stock of the damage from Cyclone Cook.

The cyclone is now a category two storm, after hitting New Caledonia as a category three last night, and it is heading south towards New Zealand's north.

In Noumea this afternoon, business had been gradually returning to normal.

According to local media, around the mainland there were numerous areas with damaged homes, amid scattered debris such as torn roofs and fallen trees.

[PIR editor's note: On April 12, 2017 RNZI reported that 'The body of a 73-year-old man has been found a day after he went missing during Cyclone Cook in New Caledonia. ... The man, from the Kouaoua area, reportedly tried to reach a friend's home at the start of the category 3 storm but was swept away by a rising river.']

A number of creeks and rivers were flooded, while some residents were reporting problems with drinking water.

Among the signs of infrastructure damage, thousands of families were also without electricity supply, particularly for populations north of Noumea.

As of this morning there were about 70,000 who had been without electricity since last night, but local works units had been tyring to restore the supply.

The president of the government Philippe Germain has praised New Caledonians for taking heed of the warnings which left the territory relatively unscathed.

Scheduled flights in and out of Tontouta are set to resume tomorrow.

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