10 Oct 2014

More than 200 still displaced by Vanuatu floods

4:34 pm on 10 October 2014

243 people in Vanuatu are still in evacuation centres after a record 24 hours rainfall caused flash flooding earlier this week.

Disaster authorities are still assessing the impact of the floods and plans for the official recovery effort.

A National Disaster Management official, Phillip Meto, says six of the seven evacuation centres have already been vacated but the largest remains open in Eratap Village, south-east of Port Vila.

"They have lost all their garden crops and they have lost all their houses. And some houses have not been washed away, but they have been filled with mud and debris and all other stuffs that have been brought in by the floods. So there is lots of things for them not to get back soon to their houses."

National Disaster Management Official, Phillip Meto.