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Cyclone Harold in  Vanuatu

April 3, 2020

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Cyclone Harold raced towards the northern islands of Vanuatu as a Category 5 storm after already killing nearly 30 people in the Solomon Islands. Vanuatu, home to around 300,000 people, was already in a state of emergency because of the coronavirus - and is awaiting general election results. The storm directly affected the Sanma province, home to the country's second-biggest city, Luganville.

Recovery efforts will be hampered by the restrictions on international travel due to the coronavirus. Humanitarian workers are not able to travel to Vanuatu as they would be required to do 14 days quarantine.

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A comparison between March 2019 and March 2020 of the northern islands of Vanuatu. This will be updated as post-event imagery becomes available.

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