The flooding has left about 10,000 people homeless in
Tens of thousands of people in and around the Solomon
Islands' capital Honiara have been left homeless by flash
flooding and heavy rains.
Entire communities had been swept away, major access bridges
had collapsed and roads had been destroyed with areas of the
city isolated by the destruction, charity organisation Oxfam
About 14,000 people and 14 communities had been affected by
the flooding in Honiara, with 12,000 people seeking refuge in
16 evacuation centres set up around the region.
The death toll was at 18 and 30 people were reported as
missing, with numbers expected to rise, Oxfam's Solomon
Islands' country director Katie Greenwood said.
Another 37,000 had been affected by the flooding in
Oxfam was providing support to the Red Cross to manage the
evacuation centres, which had been inundated with people, Ms
"Around 20 per cent of Honiara's population are now in the
evacuation centres, with 3500 in just one centre alone.
"We are facing enormous numbers here. The centres have been
inundated with people who have lost their homes and their
communities," she said.
Oxfam was also providing technical support and assistance,
and remained on standby to help the National Disaster
Management Office carry out disaster assessments of the
"We have relief items ready for distribution, and we are
working to identify how we can support life saving efforts in
the next stage of the government's response to this
disaster," Ms Greenwood said.
- Herald on Sunday