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‘This is the worst disaster the nation has seen’

Posted by feww on April 4, 2014


Dozens Dead or Missing, Thousands Homeless in Solomons Flooding

Flash flooding has claimed at least 6 lives, left dozens missing and more than 10,000 homeless in the Solomon Islands’ capital Honiara (population: ∼ 70,000), prompting authorities to declare a state of emergency.

“This is the worst disaster the nation has seen,”  said the  Solomon Star newspaper.

Extreme Rain Events lasting for about a week  caused the main Matanikau River to burst its banks, sweeping away entire communities. The rain and flooding continue.

A spokesperson from the National Disaster Management Office said the office will assess the damage to map out the cost but said it will be costly.

“Homes were swept away by flash floods, lives were lost, properties damaged but the real extent of the damage is still sketchy,” the spokesman said.

“Matanikau River caused significant damage and there are other reports from other parts of Guadalcanal that were hard hit on Thursday.”

He said the Guadalcanal plains were also affected.

“Reports from those areas were that homes were flooded and food gardens wiped out.

“Lunga River also unleashed her might yesterday affecting a lot of residents in Lunga.”

The old one-lane Mataniko bridge is gone. On the Guadalcanal plains, hundreds of villagers headed for the hills last night as flooding took away  homes. This is the worst disaster the nation has seenSolomon Star News

Strong Quake Strike Solomon Islands

Meanwhile a magnitude 6Mw quake struck about 28km WSW of Kirakira, Solomon Islands.

Magnitude: 6.0Mw
Event Time: 2014-04-04 11:40:32 UTC
Location: 10.530°S 161.672°E
Depth: 63.8km (39.6mi)
Nearby Cities: 28km (17mi) WSW of Kirakira, Solomon Islands
224km (139mi) ESE of Honiara, Solomon Islands
Source: USGS/EHP

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