13 Mar 2020

Central Solomon Islands hit by flooding

12:40 pm on 13 March 2020

Central parts of Solomon Islands have been hit by flooding, which has knocked out bridges and caused at least one death.

The Solomon Islands has been drenched by two weeks of unrelenting heavy rain that has caused extensive flooding, including here in Eastern Guadalcanal.

Flooding in Eastern Guadalcanal (file photo). Photo: Katelyn Mola

A number of bridges and roads have been damaged on both Guadalcanal and Malaita.

According to RNZ Pacific's correspondent in Honiara, police confirmed one person has died, as a landslide badly damaged a village in West Guadalcanal.

The Solomon Star reports that Tabaa Bridge along the North Road of Malaita collapsed after flooding damaged its structure.

A heavy rain warning remains in force for all provinces, issued by the Solomon Islands Meteorological Service.