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Six dead, 10,500 homeless as floods devastate Solomons

Published on Apr 4, 2014 2:51 PM
 

HONIARA (AFP) - Flash flooding killed at least six people and left 10,500 homeless in the Solomon Islands' capital Honiara on Friday, with another 30 missing and the death toll set to rise, officials said.

The government declared a state of emergency after the city's main river, the Matanikau, burst its banks late Thursday, sweeping away entire communities, bringing down bridges and inundating the downtown area.

"This is the worst disaster the nation has seen," the Solomons Star newspaper said.

Save the Children's Solomons development programme director Rudaba Khondker described the situation as "dire".

 
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