Cyclone destroyes Pacific island of Vanuatu

Saturday, 14 March 2015 - 22:30

A terrifying tropical cyclone which smashed into Vanuatu in the South Pacific left "complete devastation", with fears today that dozens may have died in what may be one of the region's worst weather disasters.

The full extent of the damage is unknown, with limited communication in place after Super Cyclone Pam, a maximum category five storm, slammed directly into the island country last evening, with gusts up to 320 kilometres an hour.

The UN had unconfirmed reports of 44 people killed in one province.

Residents of the capital Port Vila spent the night bunkering down as the terrifying storm raged, waking to find trees had been uprooted, homes destroyed and areas flooded.