Shelter needs are critical following floods in the Solomon Islands

Published: 16 May 2014 10:17 CET

On 3 April 2014, the worst floods in Solomon Islands’ history killed 22 people, destroyed homes and properties and disrupted the lives of more than 50,000 people – 10 percent of the country’s population – in the capital Honiara and surrounding plains in Guadalcanal Province.

Families are beginning to return to their properties to repair and rebuild, but the devastation can still be seen in every turn along the Mataniko River and the hundreds of communities affected in the Guadalcanal Plains.

More than 4,000 of those people worst affected remain in evacuation centres in Honiara, where Solomon Islands Red Cross continues to deliver purified drinking water everyday, essential in the prevention of the spread of waterborne diseases.  

For around 2,000 people there is nothing left of their homes; they were destroyed by the floodwaters; these families face months and months ahead of uncertainty around when and where they will be allowed to permanently rebuild.

The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies has launched an emergency appeal to deliver humanitarian assistance to 21,000 people over the next nine months, including safe drinking water and sanitation, shelter kits, essential supplies and hygiene kits, as well as carrying out disease prevention and health promotion.

Surviving the floods

Cleaning up on the banks of the Mataniko River

No place to call home

Welcome relief and plans to replant food gardens

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