New Zealand has given an initial contribution of $300,000 to
help the Solomon Islands cope with flash floods that have
killed at least three people and left thousands homeless.
Foreign Minister Murray McCully said it was likely the death
toll from the floods would rise, and there had also been
damage to infrastructure and homes.
$250,000 would go to agencies working in the Solomon Islands
to provide emergency relief supplies and shelter to those
affected by the flooding.
A further $50,000 in emergency funding has been released to
New Zealand's High Commission to help address areas of
immediate need identified by the Solomon Islands' Government.
Mr McCully said New Zealand was in contact with the Solomon
Islands about what was required and was ready to send further
In the Solomons capital city, Honiara, the Matanikau River
burst its banks, inundating the downtown area.
One eye witness told the Solomon Star it happened very
"I don't know, people thought the River would just rise and
probably rescinded. But it kept coming and rising, leaving no
time for some families to escape.
"It was sad, but I witnessed a mother and two children swept
away in their home. The current was too strong."