22 Feb 2006

2000 people affected by flooding in Solomon Islands' Malaita province

4:21 pm on 22 February 2006

The Solomon Island national disaster office says about 2000 people continue to be affected by flooding earlier this month in remote atolls off Malaita.

Tidal flooding destroyed many of the atolls' staple food crops.

The national disaster management office director, Loti Yates, says they will wait on a full report from an investigation team before deciding what action to take.

"We are looking at approximately 2000 people. They are not homeless. It is more their food gardens have been affected by the sea level rise. Depending on the recommendation of the assessment team, if they recommend that we are doing a food relief, of course we are going to."