NINE DEAD, 12 MISSING IN SOLOMON ISLANDS FLOOD

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Torrential rains bring major flooding on Savo, Guadalcanal

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (Radio New Zealand International, Feb. 3, 2009) – The

Solomon Islands Disaster Management Office says the death toll from the recent floods has risen to nine.

12 people, including three children, are reported missing after the northwest of Guadalcanal and Savo Island was hit by torrential rain which washed away homes, bridges and affected about 1,800 families.

One of the fatalities has been reported from Savo Island.

A senior programmes officer of the disaster's office, Julian Makaa, says he has been advised by the police about the number of deaths on Guadalcanal.

"The police team which was sent to the affected areas and they confirmed that their were eight deaths and that the eight people that were earlier reported as missing are still missing as well as the three children."

Julian Makaa says reports from Savo Island indicate one person is still missing.

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