ADB Provides $200,000 for Solomon Islands Flood Relief

Some on Honiara's major roads and bridges were badly damaged or destroyed by April's floods.

HONIARA, SOLOMON ISLANDS – The Asian Development Bank (ADB) is providing a $200,000 grant to Solomon Islands government to help fund humanitarian and relief efforts following recent major floods.

On 3-5 April 2014, prolonged heavy rain associated with a tropical storm caused severe flooding in the nation’s capital, Honiara, and across Guadalcanal province. There were 21 deaths and a reported 52,000 people have been affected. Major infrastructure including the sewerage system, water supplies, and major roads and bridges were badly damaged or destroyed. About 9,000 people are currently in evacuation centers.

“The flood has ruined lives, livelihoods and infrastructure. Providing emergency relief and restoring essential services must be a priority in the rebuilding process,” said Andrea Iffland, Regional Director of ADB’s Pacific Liaison and Coordination Office in Sydney.

ADB approved the grant under its Asia Pacific Disaster Response Fund. The emergency funds may be used to provide support for the restoration of life-preserving services to communities affected by the flash floods.

ADB has also been working with the government on the initial damage assessment and assessing ongoing infrastructure needs.