Thousands wait for relief in cyclone-ravaged Vanuatu as death toll climbs to 13

March 20, 2015 5:22 AM

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TANNA ISLAND, Vanuatu – Thousands of people left homeless by a fierce cyclone remained stuck in shelters across Vanuatu on Friday, waiting for relief and longing for a return to normalcy as the death toll from the disaster rose by two to 13.

Australian and French troops arrived on the South Pacific nation's hard-hit island of Tanna, where shaken residents were still waiting for help after their villages were flattened by Cyclone Pam's 270 kilometer (168 mile) per hour winds last Saturday.

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