6 Mar 2014

Hundreds return home following flooding in Marshall Islands

2:49 pm on 6 March 2014

Hundreds of people in the Marshall Islands' capital of Majuro who sought temporary shelter after severe flooding have now returned home.

The Marshall Islands is under a state of emergency following a high tide and storm surges on Monday.

Some parts of Majuro are barely 30 centimetres above sea level, and are often flooded during February and March when the region is prone to high tides.

Our correspondent, Giff Johnson, says about 70 homes were damaged by the flooding.

"As of today most of the people who were in shelters in Majuro have left, gone home, I think at its peak there were about 900 people in shelters on Monday, Tuesday but that has apparently dropped to around 200 or maybe fewer."

Giff Johnson says relief efforts are continuing and officials are assessing damage in outer islands.