4 Apr 2014

7,000 in evacuation centres after flooding in Solomons capital

4:27 pm on 4 April 2014

Five people are still feared missing after the flooding in and around Honiara in Solomon Islands.

There have already been four deaths confirmed in the city and another in Isabel Province after three days of continuous rain.

Rivers in Honiara flooded yesterday, washing away hundreds of houses and destroying food gardens.

The director of the National Disaster Management Office, Loti Yates, says they are still struggling to get teams onto the Guadalcanal Plains to assess the situation there but a clearer picture is emerging in Honiara.

"We know that the two major bridges in Honiara, one of them has been washed away and the other one is just about to go. We know that 100s of houses belonging to people living along the riverbanks have been washed away. We know that there are people who have lost their lives - some who are still missing, and we know that close to 7,000 people are now registered as living in evacuation centres around Honiara."

Loti Yates.

The Solomon Islands Met Service has issued a tropical disturbance watch advice for much of the country.

It says the low, which is now to the southwest of Guadalcanal is slow moving and intensifying.

The Met Service says the rain will continue and the winds will be get stronger.

It says people should take precautionary measures as the tropical low poses a threat to lives and property.