Cyclone-hit islands must 'start anew'.
The | Pacific island nation of Vanuatu has lost years of development progress and must "start anew" following a powerful cyclone that destroyed or damaged 90% of the buildings in the capital of Port Vila, the country's president said.
Baldwin Lonsdale, vis-|ibly weary and red eyed from lack of sleep, said that he and other top government officials were preparing to return home from Sendai, in northeastern Japan, where they were attending a disaster conference.
Australia, which along |with New Zealand and France is providing rescue and relief help, offered transport from Sydney to Port Vila, his staff said.
Mr Lonsdale said that |the limited information he was able to get from home showed six people con-firmed dead, and 30 injured and taken to hospital on Port Vila after the category 5 typhoon smashed across the Vanuatu archipelago.