Missing New Caledonian Youth Found Dead

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Swept away last week when Cyclone Freda hit

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (Radio New Zealand International, Jan. 7, 2013) – Two children in New Caledonia have found the body of a teenager who went missing in wild weather last week.

The local newspaper says the body of the 18-year-old from Houailou was found on Saturday.

He was carried away last Wednesday when a group of five young people tried to cross a river which had swollen by heavy rain in the aftermath of Cyclone Freda.

The tropical depression affected New Caledonia for several days and also claimed a life on Lifou where a man drowned.

Heavy rain and strong winds caused extensive flooding and disruptions across the territory.

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