25 Jan 2010

Solomons recover after flooding on Guadalcanal

3:06 pm on 25 January 2010

Recent flooding and landslides in Solomon Islands has caused extensive damage to village houses and garden crops in Honiara and other parts of Guadalcanal.

Two children, aged one and two, died after being swept away when the Lunga river broke its banks on Guadalcanal last week.

Police recovered their bodies over the weekend.

The Police Commissioner, Peter Marshall, says about 200 people had to be evacuated to the RSIP clubrooms but have now returned to their homes to clean up and assess the damage.

"We're getting back to a period of normality. There were a large number of slips around the provinces, but people in Honiara are getting on with their lives, they are very resilient people and they're getting back to a normal situation and the water has indeed receded."

Police Commissioner Peter Marshall