On Friday flash floods tore through the Solomon Islands’ capital of Honiara after the city was hounded by several days of torrential rain.
Cliff Bird, Regional Coordinator of UnitingWorld’s Pacific Programs, lives in Honiara and contacted us on Friday.
“We are at the present time experiencing torrential rain and strong winds,” he said. “Many homes have been washed away by flash floods and waves and so far 3 people are confirmed dead with many still missing. Many people are now without homes and belongings. Several thousands of people are already in evacuation centres and many patients of the National Referral Hospital, especially children, are being evacuated to shelters on higher grounds. The entire country is affected.”
Since Friday the death toll has risen and it is reported 49,000 people been displaced from their homes in Honiara and Guadalcanal Province.
We are in contact with our partner church, the United Church in the Solomon Islands, with many members and congregations affected. Our thoughts and prayers are with all people affected by the floods.
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