Thursday, January 2, 2003

A Story Neglected by the Press in the U.S.A.

Yahoo! News - Cameraman flies over cyclone-hit South Pacific island; reports devastation

Cyclone Zoe, packing winds of up to 360 kph (225 mph), hit Tikopia and Anuta islands in the Solomon Islands on Sunday. It wiped out communications and made initial damage assessment impossible. There was no word on possible casualties.

"Every tree on the island has been blown over or shredded, the island is completely denuded of vegetation," Geoff Mackley reported on his Web site after flying over Tikopia.

"Almost every building has been damaged, a few remain intact, while others have been shredded, and the sea has come through some villages, burying them," he added.