27 Jun 2007

Flooding in Solomon Islands wrecks food gardens for dozens of villages

7:19 pm on 27 June 2007

The Solomon Islands national disaster management office has sent an assessment team to flood-affected areas in North East Guadalcanal, in what is believed to be one of the worst floods in the area in more than 20 years.

The team includes technical officers from the health and agriculture departments, the Red Cross, and officers from the disaster office.

Torrential rain during the weekend severely affected food gardens and fruit trees in more than 80 villages, after the Mbokokimbo and Monga rivers rose by up to ten metres.

Over 3000 people were forced to move to higher ground when the rivers over ran their banks and into villages.

One villager has been quoted by the government information service saying 95 percent of food gardens have been destroyed.