Monster Cyclone Harold wreaks havoc in Vanuatu

Tracking map for Tropical Cyclone Harold Photo: Fiji Meteorological Service

There’s been no communication from the Vanuatu islands hardest hit by the powerful Tropical Cyclone Harold

The Category 5 storm made landfall on the Vanuatu island of Santo yesterday with destructive winds as high as 235km/h.

The cyclone passed directly over Santo and hundreds of people are sheltering in evacuation centres.

In Luganville, a town of 16,000 people, roofs have been blown off houses, trees snapped, and the council building has been destroyed.

Overnight, Tropical Cyclone Harold showed no sign of weakening as it moved across Vanuatu.

One telecommunications provider, Vodafone, said there was a general network outage in Banks, Santo, Malekula and Pentecost.

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