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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Climate Putting More Cities Underwater

Floods leave half of Solomon Islands' capital without access to water



Authorities say it could be weeks before water supplies to the capital of Solomon Islands are restored.

9 April 2014 (Radio Australia) – Authorities say it could be weeks before water supplies to the capital of Solomon Islands are restored.

Map showing flood affected provinces in the Solomon Islands, following the record flooding in April 2014. Graphic: International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent SocietiesLast week, unprecedented flooding in the Pacific island nation claimed the lives of 23 people and left 9,000 homeless.

It also wreaked havoc on Honiara's water mains, with around 50 per cent of the city now unable to access water, and pipes to one of the main water supply depots broken.

Solomon Water General Manager Richard Austin said parts of the water system have been completely destroyed.

"We have two levels of problem," he told the ABC.

"We're dealing with the amount of water available in Honiara, generally, but also … provid[ing] safe basic quantities of drinking water to the evacuation centres."

Australian aid sent to help those devastated by the Solomon Island floodsAustralian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop has announced a $3 million aid package to help the flood recovery.

Australia will also boost the number of personnel in the Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands (RAMSI).

There are now 16 Australian Defence Force personnel deployed in the country.

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