Fri, 21 July 2017
Last Updated: Fri, 21 Jul 2017 8am
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RAIN, FLOOD HERE

Solomon Islands will be expecting more rain during the week.

That was according to the Solomon Islands Meteorological Service (SIMS) Office.

This came after heavy downpour on Monday and yesterday brought flooding to various parts of the city yesterday.

Fred Fera, SIMS’s chief forecaster said:

“We are expecting heavy rainfall throughout this week.

“This is because of a  trough that lies over southern parts of Solomon Islands and links to a Tropical Low now located southwest of Rennell & Bellona province.

“Since the cloud band’s that provides rain is slowly moving, the whole country will continue to experience heavy rain and sunshine at times.

“If the cloud bands moves faster, then the tropical low will move pass the country.

“But since it is slowly moving we will still experience heavy rain throughout this week.”

Meanwhile, a situation reported supplied by the Solomon Islands National Emergency Operations Centre (SINEOC) yesterday on the heavy rain said rainfall recorded since11pm to 2am in Honiara on Monday and Tuesday totalled 89 mm and Henderson recorded 65mm.

“This was quite a lot of rain over a period of three hours. Increased water level in rivers and most drainage system within Honiara city were compromised and over flooded as a result of the heavy downpour,” the report said.

It stated most houses within the Burnscreek, Kastom Gaden area and behind Panatina were submerged by flood and water logging.

The heavy flooding saw the Burns Creek stream and the Maranatha Hall playing field the road leading up to Betikama and Solomon Power Power station flooded.

Traffic and pedestrian movement at the Burns Creek were restricted due to flooded water at the Burnscreek culvert.

In Honiara the report from the National Emergency Operations Centre said, most of the main drainage systems were blocked and caused backlog of water along the main roads and other feeder roads especially Burnscreek, Bahai, Kukum, Marine School and Rove.

The Mataniko water level rose but did not burst its banks, it added.

The National Referral Hospital labour ward was flooded due to poor drainage system.

In West Honiara, the Bishop Epalle School Hall was flooded while streams and drainage of White River community were flooded.

At least six families were evacuated and are living with relatives from the areas of Burns Ccreek and Panatina.

Falling trees and minor landslips were reported in parts of Honiara.

The report said other parts of Honiara did not report any major impacts.

In Guadalcanal, few residents of Henderson area reported flooding into their homes.

Balasuna and Barande rivers were heavily flooded while whole of Guadalcanal Plains were covered with water.

Barandebridge at eastern side of Honiara still submerged under flood water and vehicles still could not cross over.

Guadalcanal Oil Palm estate also reported surface flooding and inundation of road access into Honiara City.

The report further stated that Bemuta bridge cutoff from western approach restricting Tetere police to reach Gold ridge Tailings Storage facility (TSF).

Yesterday morning Tenaru School students were evacuated to KG VI School.

Other provinces also reported heavy rain and flooding.

Current weather information indicates that a trough lies over southern parts of Solomon Islands and links to a Tropical Low located southwest of Rennell & Bellona Province.

Monitoring and assessment is now underway in parts of Honiara and Guadalcanal the report stated yesterday.

Meanwhile, the 955 free toll line is not working due to technical fault.

Therefore, not much information was collected from the public.
 

Updates for the provinces

Guadalcanal

- Few residents of Henderson area reported flooding into their homes.

- Balasuna and Barande rivers were heavily flooded.

- Tenaru School students were evacuated this morning to KG VI School

- Whole of Guadalcanal Plains were covered with water

- Bemuta Bridge cutoff from western approach restricting Tetere police to reach Gold ridge Tailings Storage facility (TSF)

- Barande Bridge at eastern side of Honiara still submerged under flood water and vehicles still could not cross over.

- Guadalcanal Oil Palm estate also reported surface flooding and inundation of road access into Honiara city.

Malaita province:

- Rivers flood but no cases of damage reported.

Western province:

- Rivers were flooded however there were no subsequent damage reported

- At Vella La Vella a Landslide was reported.

Tulagi/ CIP:

- No reports received.

Makira & Ulawa province:

- No damage reported but only reports of flooding river.

Choiseul province:

- Rivers were flooded due to the heavy rain, however the weather returned to normal when the report was received

Rennell & Bellona province:

- Rivers flooded however there was no report of damage

- Rain fall continues

Isabel province

- There was no rain as weather in the province is fine with bright sunshine

The NEOC logistics function team is currently working on the operational budget to support the NEOC operations.

“MID assessment team have already been deployed to Tanavasabridge at Kakabona.

“The RSIPF providing support to the GP PEOC, evacuating students of St. JosephesTenaruschool.

“Dalgro Vehicles were deployed to support the evacuation of St. Joseph’s Tenaru school students,” the report stated.

According to the Met office associated Heavy Rain is still expected to affect the Solomon Islands.

“Such localised Heavy Rain may lead to landslide and flooding over communities living close to large rivers, streams and low lying areas.

“People living near hills, rivers, streams and low areas are therefore strongly advised to take safety measures to avoid danger and loss of lives and property.

“Motorists are also advised to use extreme caution when travelling in these areas. Do not attempt to cross rivers and large streams of unknown depth,” Met said in a statement.

By STEPHEN DIISANGO


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