Solomon Islands Capital Hit by Deadly Floodwaters
Flash flooding has killed at least two people in Honiara, as heavy rain continues to cause havoc around the Solomon Islands capital.
According to Australia News Network, as many as 10,000 people have spent the night in a temporary evacuation center.
The Solomon Star newspaper is calling the floods “the worst disaster the nation has seen”.
Floodwaters are also affecting Solomon Islands Mission (SIM) headquarters.
“The area out the front of SIM is a vast lake,” said South Pacific Division Health Ministries director Pastor Kevin Price in an email. “It is nearly up to the Maranatha [conference center] floor level.”
Price, on the ground in Honiara, said the rain is also putting an upcoming health campaign at serious risk.
“We are about to start the Health Promoting Churches Initiative training program and were expecting more than 600 people, but it has rained heavily non-stop since we arrived,” said Pastor Price. “We need your prayers to turn off the rain.”
The rain has also shut down Honiara airport. An Operation Open Heart team from Sydney, Australia was due to land in Solomon Islands yesterday afternoon, but the flight was diverted back to Brisbane.
Loti Yates, director of the Solomon Islands National Disaster Management Office, said forecasters believe the storm is likely to develop into a tropical cyclone in the next 24 hours.
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