3 Jan 2013

One man dead and one missing in stormy New Caledonia weather

6:27 pm on 3 January 2013

A man has drowned and a teenager is missing in New Caledonia in wild weather brought by a tropical depression that had earlier been Cyclone Freda.

The French high commission says the drowning occurred in Lifou in the Loyalty Islands.

In the territory's north, an 18-year-old from Houailou was carried away as a group of five young people tried to cross a swollen river.

Much of New Caledonia has been hit by heavy rain and strong winds, causing disruptions across the territory.

More than 3,000 households lost power.

Domestic flights have resumed while international services are not affected.

The centre of the depression has moved to the east of New Caledonia where it is expected to turn southward over the next day.