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CRS Pledges Assistance after Solomon Islands Hit by Severe Floods

April 8, 2014 by

A boat stands capsized off the coast of the Solomon Islands after a major storm hit that caused severe flooding. Photo courtesy of Mark Mitchell/CANZ

A boat stands capsized off the coast of the Solomon Islands after a major storm that caused severe flooding. Photo courtesy of Mark Mitchell/CANZ

Catholic Relief Services (CRS) has committed $25,000 to assist survivors of severe flooding in the Solomon Islands. Working through Caritas Australia, Caritas New Zealand, local Caritas and the Church, CRS will support relief efforts in sites that include the Archdiocese of Holy Cross and the Archdiocese of Malaita. Caritas partners on the ground are determining how to get essential aid to storm survivors as quickly as possible.

Australia Network News says that thousands are homeless and staying in evacuation centers. The capital of Solomon Islands, Honiara, has been essentially cut in two, with a World War II-era bridge washed away and the only other bridge reduced to just one lane.

The Solomon Islands National Disaster Council reports 12,000 people in Honiara and an additional 40,000 people in Guadalcanal are affected. Immediate needs include food, household items, emergency shelter, water and sanitation. Longer term, Caritas Australia notes a need to improve disaster preparedness and resiliency in affected communities.

Blogger and Honiara resident Rachel Skeates has posted a collection of images at Friends of the Weather.

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