Vanuatu "monster" cyclone claims 24 lives, leaves archipelago devastated

March 16, 2015 9:18 PM

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Vanuatu "monster" cyclone claims 24 lives, leaves archipelago devastated

WELLINGTON, New Zealand -- Vanuatu's president Baldwin Lonsdale was rushing back to his country on Monday in the wake of what he dubbed a "monster" cyclone whose damage was still unknown beyond the devastation in the South Pacific archipelago's capital city.

"This is a very devastating cyclone in Vanuatu. I term it as a monster, a monster," he said. "It's a setback for the government and for the people of Vanuatu. After all the development that has taken place, all this development has been wiped out."

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