Cyclone rips into Niue

A fierce cyclone hit Niue Island in the South Pacific, Jan. 6, leaving infrastucture disrupted and many vacationers’ plans canceled until further notice.

Some establishments were completely demolished, including Niue Hotel, Waimanu Guesthouse and a couple of dive shops. At press time, electricity was largely restored and about a third of the island’s tourism facilities were operational, but services such as water, communications and fuel remained a problem.