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Flooding causes damage on Tahiti forced many residents to evacuate

Monday, 23 January 2017

SYDNEY – Heavy flooding in French Polynesia has forced many residents to evacuate, cut off power to thousands of homes, and closed Tahiti’s international airport.

The French Polynesia High Commission said 3 people were injured, 1 seriously, while more than 100 homes were destroyed. Major roads were damaged by landslides.

The floods were most severe on the islands of Tahiti and Moorea.

An Air France flight was diverted to the Cook Islands because the runway was flooded, and international flights were cancelled.

“The weather forecast predicts rain until Tuesday,” said Frederic Poisot, cabinet director of the French Polynesia Haut Commissariat, adding authorities had not decided when to re-open the airport.

More than 6,000 households had been without electricity, although power now been restored to most of them. The army was helping clear roads and repair damaged facilities.

Source by: Internet

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