Vanuatu hit by powerful cycloneReports indicate that a powerful cyclone has struck the¬†islands in the Pacific’s Vanuatu archipelago after a westward change of course put populated areas directly in the path of its destructive 168mph winds, according to relief workers. The UN Office for the Co-ordination of Humanitarian Affairs said there were unconfirmed reports of deaths in Vanuatu’s north-eastern islands after Cyclone Pam moved off its expected track. The Category 5 cyclone had average wind speeds of 155mph to 170mph, with gusts up to 210mph, according to the office. It said the periphery of the eye of the storm passed over islands that are home to several thousand people and it was expected to hit or come close to the island of Efate, home to the capital Port Vila. Located about a quarter of the way from Australia to Hawaii, Vanuatu has a population of 267,000 spread over 65 islands. About 47,000 people live in the capital. FULL REPORT