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Solomon Islands Floods

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Flash floods in the Solomon Islands’ capital of Honiara caused massive damage and dozens of deaths during April.

About 20 percent of Honiara’s population of 72,000 needed immediate assistance with shelter, food, and water. World Vision distributed relief goods, including blankets, mosquito nets, tarpaulins, hygiene kits, cooking sets, and water containers for thousands of families in evacuation centers.

About 1,800 homes in the city were either damaged or destroyed, leaving 10,000 people homeless after the Manitakau River burst its banks. Officials estimate that an additional 40,000 people outside Honiara were affected.

Written by Andrea Swinburne-Jones

Photo © 2014 Rachel Skeates / World Vision

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