PEOPLE of Koleasi village in Central Guadalcanal are the latest to be affected by the current dry spell that is heating the country hard at the moment.
About 284 people living in the community at Mbarande are being affected.
Reports received by the Solomon Star confirmed that Koleasi is in the peak of drought, and gardens and grass lands on hilltops as well as surrounding forests are being set ablaze by bush fire.
“Good soils for gardening are as hard as rock that not a single plant survives the dry spells. Streams and wells that have been used for drinking and cooking were about to be dried up.
“Disaster is evident and the pressure is inevitable as this draught is still in force,” a report compiled by the community secretary Eric Ngaolea has stated.
With the dry spell entering its fourth month, the people living at the village have now made a request to the National Disaster Council (NDC), the Guadalcanal Province Disaster management office, Non-Government organizations such as World Vision and others to make an attempt to do an assessment on the affected areas.
Meanwhile, Solomon Star understands that a copy of the report as urgency call letter was also sent to their member of parliament responsible as well as the provincial member responsible for the ward that the community is located on.
By RONALD TOITO’ONA