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Vanuatu officials have warned residents to prepare for destructive winds and flash flooding as tropical cyclone Harold gathers strength and moves towards the island nation.
A deadly cyclone bearing down on the Pacific nation of Vanuatu has intensified into a Category Five superstorm, generating destructive winds of 235 Kph and “phenomenal” seas, forecasters said Monday.
Tropical cyclone Harold, which claimed 27 lives in a ferry accident, when it swept through the Solomon Islands last week, strengthened overnight, Sunday, as it moved east, Vanuatu’s meteorology service said.
The ferry set off from Honiara for Malaita island on Thursday night packed with more than 700 people as part of a government evacuation programme in response to the coronavirus crisis.
The disaster prompted a massive aid operation, but aid agencies have expressed concerns a similar response will be hampered by a state of emergency imposed in a bid to keep COVID-19 out of the country.
Harold is forecast to pass north of the capital Port Vila early Tuesday.