East Honiara Residents Face Food Shortage After Flooding

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762 families near Burns Creek affected by loss of crops, gardens

By Stephen Diisango

HONIARA, Solomon Islands (Solomon Star, Feb. 10, 2014) – Solomon Islander families who are being affected by the recent bad weather and flooding in the Burns Creek area, East Honiara, are appealing for assistance.

A representative and the chairman of the Burns creek community John Seti Iromea made the call following what he claimed, the families are facing food shortage after their food gardens were destroyed.

He estimated that more than 762 families were affected by the recent flooding.

He said given the desperate situation he appealed to responsible authorities and government to speed up their assessment and submit their report to the responsible authorities for assistance.

"The people are badly affected and suffered long enough due to lack of food."

The recent bad weather had caused the Lungga and nearby creeks to burst their banks heavily flooded the low lying areas and damaged crops, food garden and animal farms.

"Most of our families are seriously affected because their food crops and other properties have been washed away by the heavy flooding.

"Government should consider us on humanitarian ground," said Iromea.

The former councillor added that because of the problem, families cannot market their produce for money, and children are going to school without food.

"Please do not turn deaf ears on us," said Iromea.

Sisto Takofilia a member of Burns Creek community said they depended on cassava, potatoes and vegetables for their survival.

He said for a 20kg bag of potato or cassava they earn between SBD$60-$70 [US$8.14 to US$9.50] a day.

He added that their gardens are supporting their families to meet school fee and other basic needs.

Takofilia said that at the moment they depended on Tenaru coconut plantation to sell dry coconut for money.

National disaster management office (NDMO), chief operational officer George Baragamu when contacted said that the recent bad weather affected many communities around the country.

He said that some of the provinces have already received relief supplies.

In the city, the Honiara City Council is currently carrying out assessment into communities and homes which have been affected.

"As soon as we receive the report from them, support will be given. At the moment no food supplies will be given as we are still waiting for the assessment reports."

The NDMO official also noted the need for the people to learn from past flooding incidence and moved out from low lying areas.

"A lot of awareness have been carried out last year in that area and people should adhere to our advice.

"We need to learn how to adapt to such natural hazard," said Baragamu.

He said that people should learn from their past situation and should move out from hazard zones.

Attempts to reach Honiara City Council Disaster Office were unsuccessful yesterday.

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