Honiara Chinatown Shop Keepers Start Cleaning Up

Pacific Islands Development Program, East-West Center With Support From Center for Pacific Islands Studies, University of Hawai‘i

All buildings inundated, goods damaged by flood waters

By Stephen Diisango

HONIARA, Solomon Islands (Solomon Star, April 6, 2014) – Shop owners in Chinatown on Saturday returned to begin the massive job of cleaning up their shops as the weather slowly improves.

Shops in this popular shopping district were inundated the nearby Mataniko river bursts its banks, Thursday, flooding the streets and building.

"Water and mud are everywhere in our shop," one shop owner told the Sunday Star.

"It will take us a few days to clean all these up," she added.

"Today, we just open to clean up, not for business."

Some shop owners opened their doors to realise huge amounts of their cargo damaged by the flood waters.

One shop owner said he’s giving out the damaged goods to the public.

For the first time also yesterday, some residents returned to see what they can get from their damaged homes along the banks of the Mataniko river.

The devastating flood swept away homes in the settlements of Marble Street, Vara Creek, No. 3, Koa Hill, and Fijian Quarter, after two days of continuous rain.

There were a few homes left standing, but they were seriously damaged and are no longer safe for habitation.

Thousands of people were affected by the flood in Honiara and Guadalcanal, and are now sheltered in evacuation centres in Honiara.

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