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(PER PRESS ASSOCIATION.) Auckland, / prl! 2. The Bteamer Bichmond arrived to-nigl from the islands and brines intelligeno < c a fearful hurricane at Tahiti and of rnoi shipping disasters. A downpour of r&i set in at Papote on the 4th- March, an continued till the 9th, when it culminate in a flood, the city of Papote being sub merged. For thrty-iix hours a gnle o terrible violence prevailed . and building were blown down, including many house in the Chinese quarter of the town, whil« others" were unroofed, trees were uprooted and great damage was done to propartj throughout the island. One native villag< was swept bodily into the sea, and it h supposed that thirty lives have been lost thirty-nine bridges were swept atvay damage to tbe amount of 400,000 franci being thus caused, Communicaiioi between the various islands haß been interrupted, and roads rendered impassable, whilst the beautiful avenues of trees at Papete have been destroyed The natives are without food or shelter, the plantations having been destioyed. The American ship Red Cross, bound from Newcastle to San Frarcuoo with coal, put into Raratonga on March 15th dismasted. Whilst entering Avaru* hatbor sbe ran ashore,, and was then purchased by Mr Exam, on behalf of D nald and Bdin borough, for £500 The ship was floated, * portion of her cargo taken cat, and was brought ap to a safe p sltlon in the barVor bat on the 21at » fiaroe g> la having sprung up, she ptited her moorings, and striking on • reef foundered No lives were lost. TheAaokland brlgan'lne Ada G. Owen wailoit on February 4th. She was making Papera harbor near Papete, there beln? • ateady wind with a very little swell When the vessel reaohed the entrance of the harbor the wind mddenly died away and left her helpless in the heavy rollers She loon d If ted on shore and beoama a total wreck. The Ada ft, Owen was the property of Donald and Bdloborough, and was Insured for £1300 In tbe New Zealand office. The wreok was sold for 400 dollari. . A quantity of wreckage and a boat belonging to the ship Saaklm, bennd from Kewaastle to San Francisco, have been washed ashore. at tbe island of Aitutuiti, •od it Is surmised that the vessel bas been lost at sea. Th»Baakim whioh was %lmost a new thtp, was the property of the Saaklm Shipping Company, and Captain Seabrook was in command.

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HURRICANE AT TAHITI. GREAT DESTRUCTION OF PROPERTY., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2101, 3 April 1889

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HURRICANE AT TAHITI. GREAT DESTRUCTION OF PROPERTY. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2101, 3 April 1889