UNITED NATIONS — The United Nations released $2.5 million from its emergency humanitarian fund on Monday to help thousands of people in the South Pacific island nation of Vanuatu affected by Cyclone Harold and offered support to other hard-hit countries.The cyclone made landfall on the largest island in Vanuatu, Espiritu Santo, on April 6 before hitting the Solomon Islands, Fiji and Tonga. The U.N. cited media reports saying the storm left more than two dozen people dead, and destroyed homes, buildings and crops in the four countries.U.N. spokesman Stephane Dujarric said Sunday that Secretary-General Antonio Guterres expressed “deep solidarity with the people of the Pacific as they face the impact of this cyclone along with other climate-related challenges, as well as the coronavirus pandemic, which adds a worrying new dimension to existing vulnerabilities.”The secretary-general “stands ready” to support recovery efforts, he said.In Vanuatu, the U.N. humanitarian office said, “Initial assessments suggest as much as 90 per cent of the population in Sanma, the most affected province … lost their homes, and more than half of all schools and almost a quarter of health centers were damaged.”It said “crops have been destroyed and many communities are now cut off from help

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