16 Mar 2020

Solomons landslide: 4 confirmed dead, 3 missing

2:43 pm on 16 March 2020

The National Disaster Management Office (NDMO) in Solomon Islands says the death toll from a landslide in west Guadalcanal is four but three people remain unaccounted for.

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

File photo. Photo: Katelyn Mola

The slide in Lambi occurred on Thursday on the remote west coast.

Office director Loti Yates said it came as a severe low hit the region, causing heavy downpours and extensive flooding.

Bridges, roads and villages had been washed away.

"There are communities that have lost homes and properties and the NDMO has been working with the Red Cross and other NGOs to access non-food items, such as shelter kits, garden, kitchen and hygiene kits to be delivered," Mr Yates said.

Meanwhile, the Solomon Islands Meteorological Service has cancelled a heavy rain warning for the country.

The warning, previously in place for all provinces and conveyed thruogh the National Emergency Operations Centre, was this morning lifted.