AFAP manages the Australian-Pacific Centre for Emergency and Disaster Information (APCEDI) to provide news on natural disaster events in the Asia-Pacific region and to help with rapid disaster response assessment. This was originally a communications network that was activated during a disaster to disseminate information to our Asia-Pacific NGO offices. Now APCEDI has a much wider application across the Asia-Pacific Region.

Wednesday, January 07, 2004

APCEDI Alert 07P, Super Cyclone Heta #10, 2004

Dear Colleagues

Alert #10 / 06 January 2004, Sydney 19:00 EDT

Situation in Niue

The eyewall of Category 4 Cyclone Heta has passed directly over Niue in the last 2 hours. See the attached JTWC Satellite Image showing the centre of the eye just to the south of the island just after it passed over. Communications with Niue have been cut and power went down a few hours ago. However the forward speed of the storm is now over 30 km/h, so the storm will move out of the area fairly rapidly. Damage to crops, power lines, and dwellings is likely to be severe. In 5-10 hours, the bulk of the storm will have passed to the southeast just below the Cook Islands. It is planned that the New Zealand Government will send an assessment team to Niue first thing tomorrow. The storm will cause large sea swell in the Cooks, but will pass far enough to the south to limit any damage.

More detailed information about the storm can be found on

Kevin Vang
APCEDI Coordinator

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