Solomon Islands Update – 6 Dead, 30 Missing

Heavy rain fell relentlessly for 2 days between 2 and 3 April and resulted in severe flash flooding on the island of Guadalcanal. Honiara, the capital of the Solomon Islands, which is located on the north coast of Guadalcanal, is one of the worst affected areas. See our original report here.

Around 138m of rain fell in 24 hours on 2 April in Honiara, and a further 318mm fell the next day. The Low Pressure System that caused the rainfall remains in the region and further rain is expected over the next 24 hours. Some forecasters believe the Low Pressure system could develop into a Tropical Cyclone.

Reports say that between 7,000 and 10,000 people have been displaced. As many as 6 people have been killed and around 30 still missing. Bridges, houses and roads have been destroyed in the city, leaving areas in northern parts of Honiara cut-off.

Evacuation centers have been set up for the displaced. Earlier reports said that the city is without power and drinking water. It remains unclear as to whether this is still the case.

Honiara suffered the worst of the flooding because the city sits along the banks of the Mataniko River, which overflowed after the heavy rainfall.

Honiara is also a coastal city. Since the Low Pressure System also brought strong winds and it is possible that there were storm surges and coastal flooding.