22 Apr 2014

Flood affected Solomons schools remain closed

4:04 am on 22 April 2014

None of the 78 Solomon Islands schools damaged by the recent floods or the ten used as an evacuation centre for flood victims can reopen today.

The National Disaster Management Office had hoped classes could resume but it says the schools will have to remain closed for at least another week.

Its Director, Loti Yates, says repatriation is slow and in flood-affected areas, water supply and sanitation pose major problems.

"We are hoping if we can quickly clear out the schools this week we can get people to go in and do quick renovations to the classrooms of the schools before they can start."

Loti Yates says some families have nothing left to go back to.