UN emergency teams report severe damage in cyclone-hit Cook Islands

14 March 2005

United Nations emergency assessment teams have found that two islands in the northern group of the Cook Islands were severely battered by Tropical Cyclone Percy late last month.

On one of the islands, all local food crops were completely destroyed, and there is only an eight-day supply of water available, according to the latest situation report by the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).

Transportation difficulties are constraining the Government's efforts to send relief supplies, OCHA said.

From 6 February to 6 March the Cook Islands in the South Pacific were battered by five tropical cyclones, but no casualties have been reported.


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