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COM MONDAY, MARCH 16, 2015 A 3 THAT warm, fuzzy feeling you have is no illusion — Winnipeg has come close to the record for temperature on March 15. At 2 p. m. on the Ides of March, it was 14 C in Winnipeg, the second- highest temperature on record for this date since records were kept in 1938, according to Environment Canada. This approximates the mark of 14.4 C set in 2012. The normal high for March 15 is - 1 C. The normal low is - 11 C, but Sunday morning the mercury only got down to 7 C, or 18 degrees above normal. Despite the snowmelt, river levels remain low. At 2 p. m., the Red River in Winnipeg sat at 2.7 feet James, or nearly six feet below the level of the Assiniboine river walk. While the walkway is above water, it has yet to be cleaned for the season and caution is advised, as you don’t want to slip and fall into icy water. — staff New record nearly set for warmest March 15 S ENDAI, Japan — The Pacific island nation of Vanuatu has lost years of development progress and must “ start anew” following a powerful cyclone that destroyed or damaged 90 per cent of the buildings in the capital of Port Vila, the country’s president said early today. Baldwin Lonsdale, visibly weary and red- eyed from lack of sleep, said in an interview with The Associated Press he and other top government officials were preparing to return home later today from Sendai, in northeastern Japan, where they were attending a disaster conference. Australia, which along with New Zealand and France is providing rescue and relief help, offered transport from Sydney to Port Vila, his staff said. Lonsdale said the limited information he was able to get from home showed six people confirmed dead, and 30 injured and hospitalized on Port Vila after category- 5 cyclone Pam smashed across the Vanuatu archipelago. He said information from other islands was not available because most communication links were still not working. But the airport in Port Vila has reopened, allowing aid and relief flights to reach the country. Port Vila is on the country’s main island of Efate. “ This is a very devastating cyclone in Vanuatu. I term it as a monster, a monster. It’s a setback for the government and for the people of Vanuatu. After all the development that has taken place, all this development has been wiped out.” “ So it means we will have to start anew again,” Lonsdale said. He appealed for humanitarian aid for the homeland he called “ paradise on Earth.” “ Tarpaulins, water containers, medical needs, gathering tools, construction tools, all these are very important right now,” Lonsdale said. Aerial surveillance Sunday showed some communities flattened, the head of the Vanuatu Red Cross Society, Hannington Alatoa, said. Lonsdale said 1,000 people in Port Vila alone have been evacuated, while aid personnel from Australia, France, and New Zealand have arrived to assess the damage. Lonsdale said early- warning systems and preparations in advance of the storm likely kept casualties to a minimum. — The Associated Press JOHN WOODS / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS Mike and Kaiden play while the ice melts on an outdoor rink at the Mayfair Recreation Centre Sunday. HALIFAX — The last official week of winter started with a bang in the Maritimes, with a storm ripping through all three provinces and paralyzing parts of the region. Roadways closed, many flights were cancelled, and police throughout the region advised people to stay home if at all possible. “ We’re still in winter’s grips for a little while yet,” said Environment Canada meteorologist Darin Borgel. “ Winter will end at some point, but it’s not in the foreseeable future.” A 14- vehicle accident on a Cape Breton Island bridge Sunday afternoon was likely the result of poor roads and whiteout conditions, police said. Cape Breton Regional Police said the accident sent six people to hospital with minor injuries and prompted the closure of the highway near the bridge. — The Canadian Press Winter storm hits Maritimes ANDREW VAUGHAN / THE CANADIAN PRESS Pedestrians in Halifax on Sunday. Island nation must ‘ start anew’ Vanuatu largely levelled: president By Elaine Kurtenbach THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Debris is strewn around a tree in Port Vila, Vanuatu, after cyclone Pam ripped through the tiny South Pacific archipelago. 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