From the desk of the Prime Minister
PM APPLAUDS NZ GOVERNMENT FOR FUNDING DAMAGED MATANIKO BRIDGE
Prime Minister Gordon Darcy Lilo today has applauded the New Zealand Government for its quick response to immediately provide a bailey bridge to replace the damaged old Mataniko Bridge at Chinatown.
AUSTRALIA’S GOVERNOR GENERAL SENDS CONDOLENCES TO SOLOMON ISLANDS
Australia’s Governor General Sir Peter Cosgrove has send condolences to the people of Solomon Islands who have been devastated following the April 3 floods which killed 23 people and left thousands homeless.
LILO AND SIKUA DROVE THROUGH FLOOD STRICKEN GUADALCANAL
Prime Minister Gordon Darcy Lilo and Opposition Leader Dr Derek Sikua have visited the Guadalcanal Plains and the Gold Ridge mine on Sunday in a mission to witness the scale and impact of the recent rain and floods on Guadalcanal.
PNG PLEDGES 1 MILLION KINA TO ASSIST SOLOMON ISLANDS RELIEF EFFORTS
The Government of Papua New Guinea has pledged an extra 1 million Kina (around SB$3 million) on top of an initial donation of SB$200,000 by its High Commission Office in Honiara towards Solomon Islands recovery efforts following last week’s devastating floods.
THOUSANDS REMAIN AFFECTED AFTER FLASH FLOODS
An estimated 52,000 people remain affected in the worst-hit areas of Honiara and greater Guadalcanal following last week’s devastating floods which killed at least 23 people.
“WE WILL ALWAYS BE FRIENDS” AUSTRALIAN SENATOR ASSURES PM LILO
Parliamentary Secretary to Australian Foreign Minister, Senator Brett Mason has conveyed Australia’s deepest condolences to the people of Solomon Islands in wake of last week’s deadly floods that killed at least 23 people and left thousands homeless.
IN THE NEWS
The Government’s National Emergency Operation Centre (NEOC) has reported zero casualties or damages from the magnitude 7.6 quake and tsunami that struck coastal villages of mainland Makira and its surrounding islands on Sunday morning.
The undersea earthquake followed by a tsunami had forced thousands of coastal dwellers in many parts of the country to flee to safety on higher grounds following warnings issued on the National Broadcaster, SIBC on Sunday morning.
In response to floods in Guadalcanal Island last week, the United States Government will provide an additional $150,000 U.S. dollars for the delivery of emergency relief items and water, sanitation, and hygiene assistance for disaster-affected communities.
Save the Children is the new implementing organization for the U.S. disaster relief assistance with a new total of $250,000 U.S. dollars.
The Pacific Island Forum’s Women, Peace and Security (WPS) Reference Group says leadership by women's groups in planning and delivery of humanitarian assistance can ensure the protection of women and girl’s rights during this state of natural disaster in Solomon Islands.
Their call is in line with existing gender commitments in the region, including the Pacific Regional Action Plan on Women Peace and Security and the Pacific Leaders’ Gender Declaration.
The United Nations and its partners in the Pacific have begun deployments to Honiara on Tuesday in support of the Solomon Islands’ Government response to what is considered to be “the worst floods ever seen in the country,” killing at least 23 people and affecting another 50,000 across the country.
Economic growth in Solomon Islands is expected to pick up slightly to 3% in 2014, and remain steady at 3% in 2015 due to a fiscal stimulus from investment projects which will have a spillover effect on the economy, according to the Asian Development Bank’s (ADB’s) 2014 Asian Development Outlook report.