8 Oct 2014

Vanuatu flood claims one life, 100 homeless

3:19 pm on 8 October 2014

Two days of torrential rain in Vanuatu has claimed one life and left more than 100 people homeless.

Reports from Port Vila say the dead man was trying to rescue cattle trapped by the flooding of the Zono River near Bauerfield Airport on Efate when he was swept away.

The heavy rains started on Monday night and by yesterday afternoon 158 millimetres of rain had fallen.

The director of the Disaster Management Office, Shadrack Welegtabit, says the full extent of the damage is being assessed and will be known in the next few days.

"We had gone around yesterday and evacuated people with the Vanuatu Police and currently we are working with the Red Cross. We are distributing some of the food and tarpaulins and other items to some of the people who were evacuated to some evacuation centres yesterday."

Vanuatu Disaster Management Office director Shadrack Welegtabit