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First deaths confirmed after Tropical Cyclone Pam roars over Vanuatu


A tropical cyclone killed at least six people in Vanuatu, UNICEF said Saturday, confirming first casualties from one of the most powerful storms ever to make landfall.
Hardly a tree stood straight after Tropical Cyclone Pam bellowed across the Pacific island nation.
Aid workers fear many more fatalities. The confirmed deaths came only from the capital, Port Vila.

Only a little information has so far trickled out from areas outside the capital, but Sune Gudnitz, regional head for U.N. aid agency OCHA told CNN from Fiji, about 600 miles away, that he fears the worst.
"Unfortunately, the more that comes out, the worse it looks," said Gudnitz. "I should say it's really a case of the worst-case scenario for the country and for the people."
His agency has had word of much destruction on Efate, the island that houses the capital, where Pam's eye roared through, and from the southern island of Tanna, he said.
But many areas remain out of contact. And widespread wiped-out communications could indicate desolation.

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