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VANUATU

Appeal for help

after cyclone

VILA, Tuesday (Reuter). — A tropical cyclone has   battered Vanuatu, crushing at least 100 homes, and   the South Pacific state has asked Australia for help,   officials said today.  

Vanuatu's National Emergency Committee said   225km/h winds and torrential rains triggering land- slides left hundreds homeless over a wide area of the 70-island chain, 2000km north-east of Australia.

No casualties were reported from Cyclone Anne,

although details were sketchy because of poor com-  

munications.

In Canberra, officials said Australia today had dispatched a Hercules aircraft carrying a helicopter to ferry relief supplies to needy areas of Vanuatu, barely

recovered from a storm last February that killed 45.  

Cyclone Anne destroyed at least 100 homes on   Banks and Torres islands in Vanuatu's north and   triggered a landslide on Epi, further south near the

capital, Vanuatu officials said.  

Meteorologists said Anne should weaken as it   swings southward away from the tropics toward New

Caledonia.

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