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Cyclone Pam rips through Vanuatu.

VANUATU (TAP) - "Cyclone Pam", one of the Pacific Ocean's most powerful storms, devastated the island nation of Vanuatu on Saturday killing at least eight people with the toll set to rise, officials said. Tom Skirrow, country director for the Save the Children aid group, told Reuters that Vanuatu 's National Disaster Management Office had confirmed eight dead and 20 injured. He said he expected those figures to rise substantially. Aid agencies hope to begin to fly in relief goods on Sunday when the airport in Port Vila is expected to open. U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said the impact and scope of the disaster caused by Cyclone Pam wasn't yet clear, but he feared the damage and destruction could be widespread.

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Publication:Agency Tunis Afrique Press
Geographic Code:8VANU
Date:Mar 14, 2015
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