salt burnt grass on pukapuka

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photo: grass browned dry from sea surge is a lasting sign of hurricane force weather on pukapuka.air rarotonga used up the last of its fuel on pukapuka flying the $14,000 charter to the cyclone ravaged atoll of 600 people. five cyclones in five weeks exposed more big gaps in the country's disaster preparedness. not in the air, but the sea, where 20 people in a church group were sailed straight into the middle of a super-cyclone. now lives are being risked again with an urgent shortage of water in pukapuka, where temperatures are hitting 40 degrees.
// pukapuka photos barbara dreaver