by Chris Foley
WELLINGTON, Jan 7 (AFP) - Cyclone
Heta packing winds of up to 300 kilometres (190 miles) an hour "virtually
flattened" the main town in the tiny Pacific nation of Niue leaving
at least one person dead, officials said Wednesday.
Locals described the storm carnage as
the worst in living memory.
Although communications and electricity
have been wiped out on the island, the New Zealand Ministry of Foreign
Affairs managed to contact their High Commissioner on the island, Sandra
Lee, by satellite phone.
Ministry spokesman Brad Tattersfield