New Caledonia crops destroyed by Cyclone Oma

Crops in the north of New Caledonia have been destroyed by Cyclone Oma, the National Assembly has been told.

New Caledonia's National Assembly has been told that crops in the territory's north have been destroyed by Cyclone Oma.

During questions to the government on Tuesday, politician Philippe Gomès said the cyclone had "dealt a rough blow" to agriculture and that

food crops in the north were either "destroyed or severely damaged".

The highest cyclone alert remains in force for the north of New Caledonia, as Cyclone Oma moves slowly away.

At 5am local time today, New Caledonia's met service said the state of alert was in force for the municipalities of Bélep, Hienghène, Kaala-Gomen, Koumac, Ouégoa, Pouébo and Poum.

The rest of New Caledonia was on a cyclonic pre-alert, it said.

Oma continues to move to the south southwest at 10km/h while strengthening a little.

This morning it was about 250 km west of Koumac.