Thousands affected by bad weather - Solomon Star News

Thousands affected by bad weather

07 January 2019

Up to 23,708 people and 4,480 households across five provinces have been affected by the recent bad weather.

That’s according to the Solomon Islands National Emergency Operations Centre’s (SINEOC) latest situational report on the disaster.

The report said the four most impacted provinces are Guadalcanal, Malaita, Isabel, and Makira-Ulawa.

In Guadalcanal, the report said, almost all food gardens within the plains (North East and Central Guadalcanal region) were either destroyed or covered by flood waters.

“This is mainly due to strong winds, flash flooding, landslide and heavy rain,” the report stated.

In terms of infrastructures and properties, seven dwelling houses were destroyed and 28 were damaged by strong wind and flooding within the Tenaru area.

Twelve more houses from Ngalimbiu were destroyed by flooding including three semi- permanent houses at Horobau and Aruligo.

The report said road access to West of Guadalcanal was also blocked by fallen trees and road access to the Guadalcanal Plains was limited after Ngalimbiu bridge.

Ten houses at Burns creek area were damaged by flooding and strong wind and road access around Honiara badly damaged by surface flooding (pot holes and rubbish covering parts of the roads) plus unsealed roads heavily impacted.

In Malaita, a total of 263 dwelling houses were reported to be either destroyed or damaged, including a classroom and office with materials at Alotoa Community High School.

In Western Province, houses were also damaged in Kongu and Ranogga, including one each from Nusabanga and Nusabaruku, plus one classroom at Lengana School in Simbo.

Water tanks were also destroyed at Malakerava in Gizo and water supply stand pipes also affected at Goldie College.

Makira also recorded one family dwelling house being destroyed at Nufinuatogo on Santa Ana.

Central Province recorded 77 thatched houses damaged and seven dwelling houses destroyed at Haleta village, while 10 houses were destroyed by strong winds at Olevuga.

At Tulagi, one house was damaged by landslide and 10 thatched roof houses were also damaged by the strong winds.

The report said the bad weather also caused some deaths – one in Isabel due to flooding, and another in Western Province as a result of capsized boat.

The capsized boat also left three people still missing. Three other people who went missing during a fishing trip in Makira-Ulawa are also yet to be accounted for.

Authorities are yet to receive reports from Temotu and Renbel.

Meanwhile, NEOC has warned that the bad weather is still current for the country.

NEOC is currently on full activation to monitor, issue safety messages, collect and collate reports coming in from provinces and other sectors.