Flooding In Vanuatu Leaves One Dead, 100 Homeless

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Assessments underway after heavy rains around Port Vila

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (Radio New Zealand International, Oct. 9, 2014) – Disaster authorities in Vanuatu have completed field assessments of flooding earlier this week that has claimed one life and left more than 100 people homeless.

The heavy rains started on Monday night and by Tuesday afternoon 158 millimetres of rain had fallen, causing flooding in and around the capital Port Vila on the island of Efate.

The director of the Disaster Management Office, Shadrack Welegtabit, says the full extent of the damage has been assessed and will be released by the National Disaster Commission tomorrow afternoon.

"And we are currently putting together all the reports and once all the reports are done the report needs to get to the NDC. Once the NDC has gone through that, the report will be distributed to all the government and partner agencies, to, to look at and take the appropriate action where necessary."

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