Flash floods in April 2014 overwhelmed thousands of homes, destroyed livelihoods, damaged infrastructure, and killed 22 people in Guadalcanal Plains and the capital city of Honiara. About 52,000 residents in 50 communities were displaced or needed humanitarian assistance to cope with the sudden disaster.
Farming families were among the worst affected, losing much of their arable land to silt deposited during the overflowing of the Ngalibiu River.
Within days, World Vision staff distributed supplies including shelter kits, hygiene and sanitation goods, and nearly 70,000 gallons of drinking water. Child-Friendly Spaces helped more than 760 children in 10 communities cope emotionally. Relief and recovery efforts helped 26,000 affected residents get back on their feet.
Looking toward long-term rehabilitation, hundreds of farming families received seeds, tools, greenhouse kits, and other materials.
Written by Chris Huber
Photo ©2014 Suzy Sainovski/World Vision
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