16 people have been confirmed dead, about 40, mostly children are missing and 49,000 people have been forced to flee their homes in the Island Pacific country, Solomon Islands due to severe flooding. In a clearly unexpected disaster, the city’s main river, the Matanikau, burst its banks in a torrential tropical storm late on Thursday, sweeping away riverside communities, bringing down bridges and inundating the downtown area. Children were swept away by flood waters and the exact figure of ‘dead and missing’ cannot be exactly ascertained. The disaster has raised fears that a lack of sanitation and fresh water will lead to an outbreak of dengue fever in the Pacific Island nation.
Aid agencies urgently needed
tents and tarpaulins but they could not be flown in while the airport remained shut after two houses floated onto the runway. Also, the destroyed bridges and bad road network makes the work of reaching the people very tasking for these aid agencies.