1 Feb 2011

Latest cyclone likely to destroy more crops in Vanuatu

8:06 am on 1 February 2011

Disaster officials expect more crops will be damaged in northern Vanuatu as a result of the latest cyclone to hit the islands.

Cyclone Yasi swept across Torba province yesterday with winds of up to 50 knots or 95 kilometres per hour.

About two weeks ago Cyclone Vania battered the southern islands and destroyed much of the area's vegetable and fruit crops.

Job Esau, the director of the National Disaster Management Office, says gardens and old buildings are at risk again.

"Some gardens may be damaged and even old traditional buildings may also suffer some significant damage, probably there might be a lot of flooding as well."