Landslide hits South Malaita - Solomon Star News

Landslide hits South Malaita

13 September 2019
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A TEAM consisting of Auki Police officers, the Red Cross and Disaster officers in Malaita has now been alerted following reports of a landslide that destroyed four houses with three people still missing in South Malaita.

The incident was said to have happened between 12am and 3am early on Thursday at Unimenu area in South Malaita.

The 3 missing include two young girls and a boy.

Malaita Provincial Police Commander (PPC) Malaita Province, Superintendent Solomon Sisimia confirmed that his office has received information concerning a landslide disaster at Unimenu in south Malaita.

He said according to an unconfirmed report received, three people were missing and four houses were badly damaged by the landslide.

Sisimia said the team is expected to reach the area by today to carry out assessment and reports.

However he said that his office will continue to try their best to contact Maka police post for the update information of the incident.

He said since yesterday, communication network from Maka is unstable and police is yet to collect an updated information on the issue.  

“At this stage my police officers together with Red Cross and Disaster officer are expected to reach the affected area once weather is fine.”

“My office is yet to receive clear information from Maka Police station because of communication breakdown,” Mr Sisimia said.

He said the current bad weather condition in Malaita is now affecting the police and disaster team’s operation plan to immediately reach the affected area.

“An attempt to call for chopper service was unsuccessful due to the current bad weather condition which will be impossible for a chopper to be engaged.”  

However he wishes to advice communities that reside along rivers and at the bottom of hills to take precautionary measures during the rainy and strong wind season. 

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