Solomon Islands authorities count cost of floods

3:07 pm on 8 December 2017

Authorities in Solomon Islands are trying to ascertain the extent of damage after flooding across Guadalcanal this week.

There are reports that 37,000 people in rural Guadalcanal have either lost houses or food gardens.

Photo: AFP / World Vision

The director of the National Disaster Management Office, Loti Yates, said major rivers across the island broke their banks and inundated a lot of gardening areas.

Five hundred and seventy five people, some of whom had to be rescued by a police boat, were evacuated from central Guadalcanal after their homes flooded.

Mr Yates said assessment teams were surveying the area and trying to work out what kind of response was needed.

He said evacuees would be able to return to their homes once floodwaters recede.