28 Dec 2012

Solomons warning about possible flooding

2:11 pm on 28 December 2012

The Solomon Islands National Emergency Operations Centre is warning people to prepare for possible flooding and damage if a tropical cyclone hits.

Forecasters in Solomon Islands have issued a tropical disturbance watch advisory, saying there is potential for the system to develop into a tropical cyclone in the next 12 to 14 hours.

The Chief operations officer at the Emergency Operations Centre, George Baragamu, says the centre is on standby and has issued precautionary safety messages.

"We advise people to basically listen out to their radio for further information, store drinking water in sealed plastic containers. We advise people to basically store or tie down all loose objects or fix any loose parts of the house that may eventually give way and cause injuries or even death."

George Baragamu says the public is also being warned to take care when going outside.