Heavy flooding in French Polynesia cuts off power to thousands of homes, forces many residents to evacuate and closes Tahiti's international airport.
Heavy flooding in French Polynesia has left thousands with power, forced many residents to evacuate and closed Tahiti's international airport.
The French Polynesia High Commission said three people were injured, one seriously, while more than 100 homes were destroyed.
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, an official from the High Commissioner's office.
He added that authorities had not decided when to re-open the airport.
Officials said more than 6,000 households had been without electricity, although power now been restored to many of them.
Mr Poisot said the army was helping clear roads and repair damaged facilities — major roads were damaged by landslides.
A statement from the president's office said around 150 emergency service personnel had been dispatched to assist with the rescue measures.
"The country is working in close coordination with the High Commission and local municipalities so that all the necessary measures are being put in place to bring the situation back to normal as soon as possible," the statement said.
Many tourists holidaying on the island had taken to social media to confirm they were stranded on the island for the time being and to alert family members they were safe.
Tahiti is the largest island in French Polynesia with a population of around 276,000, and 180,000 tourist arrivals a year.
For urgent matters requiring relocation, the French Polynesian president's office says to call the Housing Office on 40 52 28 63 or 89 20 05 37 .
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