Cyclone Gina forces residents to flee their homes in Vanuatu

People living by a river near Vanuatu’s capital, Port Vila, were evacuated from their homes this morning following heavy rain.

The rain, caused by Cyclone Gina, caused the Prima River to overflow.

Photo: Hilaire Bule

Eddy Maliliu, Shefa provincial government disaster officer, said some residents were staying at a local church and others were staying with relatives.

All schools in Port Vila are closed.

Cyclone Gina has brought wind gusts of up to 90 kilometers per hour to Shefa and Tafea provinces and is expected to continue until at least tonight.

The Vanuatu Meteorology and Geohazards Department said the Category 1 storm is expected to cause very rough seas.

Meanwhile, Air Vanuatu has canceled its service from Sydney due to weather.

Domestic services have also been postponed. Bauerfield International Airport was flooded.

Floods in Port Vila

Photo: Hilaire Bule

Airport staff said the runway, tarmac and building were badly affected.

Planes including Air Vanuatu’s Boeing and other private airlines now sit in the water.

Parliament is now adjourned until next Monday. For Parliament to continue its work, there must be a quorum of 27 members in the chamber. This morning, less than 27 deputies were present.