Taiwan medical students here to help

Three medical students from Kaohsiung Medical University Chung-Ho Memorial hospital, Taiwan, are in the country to assist the victims affected by the recent flash flood. The team was led by a team leader Ms. Sophine Wang and included Dr Engene Chang and Dr Andy Hsieh. The trio have spent a week already and have visited…

DPP is concern about security of witnesses

THE Director of Public Prosecutions is greatly concern about securing its witnesses’ attendance in an upcoming murder trial in relation to the brutal killing of a man in East Guadalcanal back in 2011. This was after the DPP office was informed on Friday that its witnesses have been threatened by on the run suspects in…

Pre-trial on arson case

A PRE-TRIAL conference will be held on Patmos Island arson case on April 30, in the Honiara Magistrates’ Court. The hearing however, will be conducted only on two of the five accused namely Iro Asilaua, 22, and George Malua, 19. Twenty year-olds Adrian Smith Malua and Ama Adomi together with George Asilaua, 22, are under…

Villagers head to higher ground after 7.3 quake

SOME villagers in Western Province fled to higher grounds last night when a 7.3 magnitude undersea earthquake struck 74 kilometres south-west of Arawa, Bougainville. The quake struck at 6.50pm, and was strongly felt by most islands in the Western Province. “It was a strong earthquake, we felt it here,” Gizo resident and SIBC broadcaster Sina…

NZ delivers essential supplies for flood relief

A SECOND military aircraft from New Zealand arrived in Honiara on Friday with essential supplies for the relief and early recovery effort. Critical supplies delivered on the flight included sewerage and plumbing infrastructure necessary to improve Solomon Islands Water Authority capabilities; collapsible water bottles and brass taps to support water distribution; hygiene kits and mosquito…

Gov’t asked to relocate flood victims

RESIDENTS of Burns Creek settlement affected by the floods say the government must find land to relocate them. The settlement was one of the hard-hit areas in Honiara, although no one was killed. Most of them are now taking shelters in evacuation centres in Honiara. Pastor Richard Taloga said it’s time they move out from…

Hygiene products to flood victims

COLGATE Palmolive Fiji Limited on Friday donated personal hygiene products worth $80,000 to be distributed to flood victims. Company representative Romil Narayan said personal hygiene is important in times like this and he hopes the donation would assist toward that. “Our donation is to ensure victims’ health are protected,” he said. He said the company’s…

Thousands remain affected after floods

AN estimated 52,000 people remain affected in the worst-hit areas of Honiara and greater Guadalcanal following last week’s devastating floods which killed at least 23 people. The floods had caused severe damage to infrastructure and properties including 41 schools in flood stricken areas. The National Disaster Management Office (NDMO) with support from humanitarian organisations, donors…