No major damages for 3 provinces

THREE provinces reported minimal damages caused by last week’s bad weather. Makira, Temotu and Western said they only experience heavy rain, strong and earthquake throughout the period. Kirakira provincial police commander Peter Sitai told the paper on Wednesday, heavy rain and an earthquake was experienced. “But its not like in Honiara which was flooded where…

Chamber supports relief efforts

THE Solomon Islands Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SICCI) has thanked members of the business community for jumping in to assist with disaster relief since last week, following the flooding that devastated many parts of Honiara. Despite being badly affected by the disaster, business houses are pouring in help towards the relief efforts. “As the…

Ete: Where’s the disaster fund?

MEMBER of Parliament for East Honiara, Douglas Ete has blasted the NCRA Government, saying it has failed to allocate funds to counter national disasters such as last week’s flash flooding in Honiara and Guadalcanal. The flash floods last week has so far claimed 23 lives and left more than 9000 people both in Honiara and…

Slow recovery ahead

SOLOMON Islands is facing a slow clean up and recovery following last week’s devastating floods. The country’s worst floods on record have left at least 23 people dead and more than 50,000 people homeless.   Boats are continuing the search for the dozens of missing, combing the shoreline along Guadalcanal and heading out to sea…

Life will never the same again

IT’S a week today after the devastating floods hit Honiara, but Grace Funua is still mourning the loss of her five-year-old brother and four –year-old niece. While she was able to rescue her sick mother, she was unable to do that same for the two children. “I still cannot accept that my little brother and…

Voter registration extended

VOTER registration has been extended in certain areas for another 14 days. Chief Electoral Officer Polycarp Haununu confirmed this on Wednesday in light of the flood disaster. “The registration process which was scheduled to start on Monday 10th March and end on Friday 18th April is now extended to Friday 2nd May, 2014,” Mr Haununu…

Lack of road access hampers relief efforts

REPORTS from an assessment conducted at various flood stricken villages in the Guadalcanal plains revealed that the lack of transportation access and communication are preventing flood victims there from receiving relief aid and evacuation. The assessment team, which flew into Guadalcanal over the weekend by chopper, said that with roads being blocked off by debris…