4 Feb 2009

Relief efforts underway in Solomon Islands following flooding

5:57 am on 4 February 2009

A team from the National Disaster Council and the Guadalcanal disaster office headed out to flood stricken areas in West Guadalcanal yesterday.

The team also carried relief food supplies to those affected by the flooding that hit the island since last Thursday.

Guadalcanal provincial disaster coordinator, Herrick Savusi, told the paper, the Solomon Star, that they arranged for six boats to leave to do an assessment on the stricken areas.

Mr Savusi added they were supposed to travel on Monday but the bad weather prevented them from doing that.

He said the team would carry out assessments from Kakabona to Tina River in the Weathercoast.

Mr Savusi said he understood people in West Guadalcanal are in dire need of food, water and shelter.

Meanwhile, the Solomon Islands Weather office issued a cyclone advice for the country yesterday.

The weather office told the paper, the Solomon Star, that the system was developing in the east of the country.

It says those in Temotu, Makira and Renbel provinces are expected to experience the effects of the cyclone.

These provinces have already experienced heavy rain and strong winds in the past days.

Meanwhile, the Weather office said heavy rain will continue in the coming days and weeks.