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New Caledonia Cyclone Damage Amounts To $10 Million
French minister says damage mainly to public buildings

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (Radio New Zealand International, Jan. 30, 2013) – The French overseas territories minister says the tropical depression Freda four weeks ago caused damage worth US$10 million in New Caledonia.

During the storm, which brought heavy rain and high winds, two people drowned.

The minister, Victorin Lurel, says almost all damage reported was to public buildings.

He says in Wallis and Futuna US$400,000 has been released in emergency assistance after the territory was hit by Cyclone Evan last month.

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