28 Nov 2016

Schools still closed in New Caledonia flood area

11:03 am on 28 November 2016
Torrential rain caused widespread destruction

Last week's floods killed five people, and three people remain unaccounted for. Photo: AFP

The authorities in New Caledonia have decided to keep schools in the flood-affected area of Houailou closed for another three days.

They were due to open today after last Tuesday's torrential rain triggered mudslides, killing eight people.

Five bodies have been found in two small Kanak settlements and three more people remain unaccounted for.

The planned reopening depends on the weather as more rain has continued to fall and the forecast isn't favourable.

Residents close to streams and mountain sides are being told to be wary of the risk of more problems.

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