3 Jan 2013

Freda destroys food gardens in Solomons capital

5:48 pm on 3 January 2013

A resident of the Solomon Islands capital Honiara says vegetables are scarce and the cost of them high following flooding related to Cyclone Freda earlier this week.

Damage from the storm is thought to be worst in the province of Makira-Ulawa, but its effects were also felt in Rennell and Bellona, Guadalcanal and Malaita and a damage assessment is still being completed.

Freda brought heavy rain to Honiara, causing flooding through homes and food gardens.

Irin Maeta, who lives near Henderson International Airport, says the neighbouring Lunga River has destroyed crops in the area.

"This heavy rain here, all the vegetables are not good to buy in the market, you know. Some were saved but some were not. A few don't have any vegetables like that. You know, at the market now, the slippery cabbage, four sticks, cost ten dollars. Now it's very expensive."

Irin Maeta says many people will be living on rice while they replant and wait for new crops.