14 Apr 2017

Call for state of natural disaster in New Caledonia

1:31 pm on 14 April 2017

There has been a call for a state of natural disaster to be declared in the parts of New Caledonia worst hit by Cyclone Cook on Monday.

NASA took this image of Cyclone Cook moving past New Caledonia.

NASA took this image of Cyclone Cook moving past New Caledonia. Photo: NASA / NOAA

Philippe Gomes, who is one of the territory's members of the French National Assembly, has approached the French High Commission to take the measure.

The cyclone claimed one life and caused extensive damage to crops prompting the government to draw up plans to assist farmers and to help the communities.

Noumea this morning after Cyclone Cook hit New Caledonia.

Noumea this morning after Cyclone Cook hit New Caledonia. Photo: Supplied/ Colin Tukuitonga

The category 3 cyclone crossed the mountainous main island with winds of up to 180 kilometres an hour and in Thio where it made landfall it dumped more than 400 millimetres of rain in 24 hours.

As clean-up efforts were continuing, all main roads have been cleared and most households have power again.

The phone network is largely restored although yesterday more than 30 cellphone towers were still due to be repaired.

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