Aid heads for Vanuatu after devastating Pacific cyclone

March 15, 2015 3:26 AM

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SYDNEY (Reuters) - The first shipments of aid headed for Vanuatu on Sunday as authorities declared a state of emergency and global relief agencies geared up after a powerful cyclone tore through the vulnerable Pacific island nation.

With winds of more than 300 kph (185 mph), Cyclone Pam razed homes, smashed boats and destroyed crops as it struck late on Friday and Saturday.

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