4 Mar 2014

Hundreds in temporary shelters following Marshalls flooding

3:04 pm on 4 March 2014

Almost 1000 people in the Marshall Islands' capital of Majuro are temporarily homeless following flooding on the atoll.

Flooding started early Monday morning after a high tide was accompanied by storm surges.

Our correspondent, Giff Johnson, says many houses are built near the high tide mark and are vulnerable to flooding.

He says about 70 homes are damaged with some houses knocked over and there is a big clean up ahead.

"There are about 900 people in shelters at the moment, mostly schools but in a couple of churches also, so they have been there since Monday so about 24-hours."

Giff Johnson says people are on standby for another high tide tonight.