COMMUNITIES around Santa Cruz Island in Temotu were advised
to move to safer ground from possible landslides.
Director of Geology Douglas Billy said those living below rivers where landslides occur at the upper streams to be also careful and move to safer land.
More than 30 major landslides have been identified around Santa Cruz Island. Most have occurred far from villages and have not threatened people’s lives.
But Mr Billy said people must take precautionary measures to prevent likely occurrences of landslides that would result from heavy rain in a later time.
Community of Nea where four major landslides occurred have been advised to move to safe land as possibility of more lose soil and rocks are likely to fall.
“This is very risky to communities whose villages are close to rivers and those close to nearby existing landslides,” Mr Billy said.
Meanwhile, the geology director has advice people to be cautious and mindful of where they are going and stay away from possible landslide affected areas.
So far only one death was reported from a landslide incident at the village of Manoputi where an old lady was hit from a falling rock.
She was amongst the 10 confirmed deaths from the devastating earth quake and tsunami that hit Santa Cruz, Temotu province, on February 6.
By Daniel Namosuaia
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