Vanuatu Daily News Digest | ABC reports storm damage in New South Wales

Three people have been killed in wild weather in NSW’s Central Hunter region, where homes have been washed off their footings in the town of Dungog, north of Newcastle.

Emergency crews have been battling "cyclonic" conditions, which have already brought heavy rain and wind gusts in excess of 135 kilometres per hour.

Premier Mike Baird said the weather was likely to worsen in the coming hours, and people in affected areas should consider leaving work early.

For updates on the NSW storm, read our live blog.

Mr Bairdsaid the three people killed this morningin Dungog were elderly residents.

"At the moment, the circumstances are being worked through but we do want their families to know our thoughts and prayers are with them," Mr Baird said.

"It is too early to say what has happened."

Hunter police commander Jeff Loy said several homes had been washed away in the town.

A school bus had been washed off a road near Maitland, and several Hunter homes had been split in half by falling trees.


One Comment on “Vanuatu Daily News Digest | ABC reports storm damage in New South Wales”

  1. Alcina Charlie says:

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    Alcina Charlie
    For Vanuatu Wan Voes Kivhan Festival 2015
    Vanuatu Wan Voes Kivhan artists unite and appeal through song
    Over 30 local album recording artists including hotel entertainers, singers in church groups and choirs, and string-band vocalists came together over the weekend on Saturday 18th April at VBTC studio and pledged their support to help communities in worst hit areas throughout Penama, Malampa, Shefa and Tafea province, by recording in the ‘Kivhan’ appeal song.
    The artists responded positively to the organizers of the Vanuatu Wan Voes Kivhan Festival after calling out to local musicians and artists to be part of the appeal via social media channels.
    Kivhan Festival will happen on Saturday 9th May 2015, at the Saralana stage from 10.30am onwards. It will be a full day event with music performance from prime bands and groups in gospel, stringband, and contemporary pop/reggae.
    The organizers of the festival confirm that the song is intended to also be an avenue whereby all local musicians come, record and perform together and continue to maintain the collaboration between artists purposely to write songs together as artists and promote the resilience of the people and the betterment of livelihoods especially after being hit by a natural disaster as well as socio economic downfalls.
    The organizers sincerely thank Downside Music Production, Tropik Zounds studio, VBTC, Further Arts, and all the local artists for their support towards the recording of “Kivhan” and this week’s filming of the video clip.
    We acknowledge the following artists (some photographed) for their support towards the song & cause for the event Prince Philip & Band, Arthur Knight, Susana Bakoto, Stan & the Earthforce, Eddie Willie Zaddock, Eddie Bulu Smol Faea, Aelan Man, Karina, Meto Garae A1, Max, Sina and Pedio of Family Roots, Apu Tio of Konseners, Blake, Ridley, and David of Vanuatu 4 & The Monuments, Jerry Brown of Dropvicul, Rebecca Olul, Groovy Banana, Jacky Simon & Allan Tommy of Aimos Groove & Navataparop Youths, Rachel Kalmet, Jean Baptise Carlo of Black Revolutions, John Thomas of Krosrod, Vanessa Quai, Matthew Hardwick Nawareke, Milly Dhamz, Fanny Philip of Tokosanmawia, Matilda Cacau of AOG Youths, Joe Nare Mete, Georges Cumbo for Fred et les Ogres, Tim Teo Kalmet, Arno Robert of Young Life, Benson Nakou of Tropik Zounds, James Langdale, JP Nalei, Christof Crowby, Sarah Doyle, Mark Taiki Local Remedy, Bobby Shing Tujah, Janet Barako, Darrell Tangalobani, Christine and Denelly Charlie, Roy and Alick Garae, Naio & Z1 Band, Dimitri Kuatonga, and Alcina Charlie.
    Vocalists or musicians in contemporary pop bands, church groups or choirs, as well as string-bands who want to perform or participate in the Kivhan festival can call the festival bands and program coordinator Bobby Shing on mobile +678 7715547 to register.