22 May 2014

Fears of more flash flooding in Solomon Islands

8:15 am on 22 May 2014

There are more fears of flash flooding for riverside settlers on the Fiu and Kwaiafa Rivers in Solomon Islands, as continuous heavy rain caused both rivers to rise.

The Solomon Star reports people living near the rivers have started to move to higher ground.

Villagers say flooding is happening more and more often and people live in a constant state of panic.

The paper reports an officer from the Solomon Islands Meteorological Services has confirmed the heavy rains in Malaita since Sunday, which has been mostly concentrated in Auki, is at an average rate of 74 litres per square metre.

The average monthly rainfall in Auki for May is 223 litres per square metre.