Aid starts flowing to Vanuatu

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TANNA, Vanuatu: Aid was due to reach some of cyclone-hit Vanuatu’s worst affected islands on Wednesday but others remained isolated, with flights over the Pacific nation showing desperate villagers spelling out the letter “H” for help. Relief agencies are battling tough conditions and logistical challenges in the sprawling archipelago with a lack of landing strips and deep water ports hampering their efforts to reach distant islands and get a better grip on the full scale of the disaster. The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs revised its death toll down to 11 from 24 but said it was expected to rise.

AFP

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