9 Mar 2013

Warning of floods and landslides as cyclone advances on Solomon Islands

6:37 am on 9 March 2013

The National Disaster Management Office in Solomon Islands is warning people to be extra vigilant about flood-related problems as tropical cyclone Sandra advances on the country.

Rain and wind have lashed Honiara since last night and a tropical cyclone warning is in force for Rennell, Bellona, Southern Guadalcanal and Makira islands.

A tropical cyclone watch advice is current for the remaining provinces and the meteorological service says the system is southwest of the country and moving east at 7 kilometres an hour and intensifying.

George Baragamu at the NDMO's national emergency operations centre says people should not go out fishing, motorists should drive carefully and people should ensure they have emergency kits.

"We are also advising people living close to areas that are prone to landslides to take extra care, they should be vigilant at all times. This is also the same for people living in low lying areas or areas close to big river systems and river banks."

The Solomon Islands National Disaster Management Office's George Baragamu.