Tuesday, 5 February 2008 9:31 AM

Guadalcanal Provincial Disaster Committee Assures Flood Victims of Assistance

The Guadalcanal Provincial Disaster Committee says it will use the money approved by the government to support communities first assessed last month.

The Province's Disaster Coordinator, Marx Lua, said this following an influx of requests by communities in the Malango area of Guadalcanal for urgent thorough assessments of food gardens.

Mr. Lua says the Province is finding it difficult to keep assessing while communities affected last month are still waiting for food.

He also stressed that while his office sympathizes with the communities recently affected, it is also very important that those in the Guadalcanal Plains be given assistance as soon as possible.

Mr. Lua added that food distributions will soon begin for the Guadalcanal Plains and three Burns Creek communities assessed last month.

A rapid assessment team deployed by the National Disaster Management Office on Sunday found blocked roads, damaged bridges, damaged roads up the Tenaru river as well as food gardens on the banks of both the Tenaru and Matepono Rivers.

Mr. Lua said the team's report also highlighted that people who live near the mouths of big rivers, not only on Guadalcanal, but also around the country ought to watch out for crocodiles.

The report stressed that one of the Sisters of the Care Centre run and operated by Sisters of the Church of Melanesia near the Tenaru river mouth reportedly killed a young crocodile in their compound early Sunday morning.