8 Feb 2010

Emergency supplies being rushed to French Polynesian island hit by Cyclone Oli

12:03 pm on 8 February 2010

An estimated 600 homes were destroyed in the French Polynesia when Cyclone Oli struck last week.

One person died when the cyclone crossed the islands bringing winds in excess of 200 kilometres an hour.

The immediate need on the island of Tubuai is to restore power and water supplies.

First supplies were sent by the French military by plane and more supplies are being readied to be sent by ship.

Telephone lines are being restored after all communications had been cut for two days.