The President of the Republic of Vanuatu, His Excellency Iolu Johnson Abbil has send condolences to the Government and people of Solomon Islands for the loss of lives and property during the April 3 floods.

In a message to the Governor General Sir Frank Kabui on April 10, President Abbil said the Government and People of Vanuatu recognize that the disaster will not only leave emptiness in the lives of immediate families of those demised victims but also in the hearts of residents that have particularly made the place their home.

President Abbil said the tragedy has more than affected the livelihood of innocent victims and it is without a doubt that Solomon Islands will be facing a huge task of recovery and reconstruction.

“It is with a great sense of loss when we learnt of the sudden flash floods tragedy, particularly, in Honiara that has claimed precious lives and has caused an enormous burden for the country as a whole,” President Abbil said.

“On behalf of the Government and People of Vanuatu, I take this moment to offer to the Government and People of Solomon Islands in this particular moment of grief our deepest sympathy and heartfelt condolences to the families of the victims. Our sympathy also extends to the survivors many of whom have lost their homes and their belonging,” President Abbil added.

President Abbil said our small countries often have little by way of natural ability to measure up such events of natural disaster – a reminder indeed that we must look also beyond the natural and keep seeking and trusting in the Almighty God in whom both our countries believed and have hoped in.


Source: Press Release, Government Communications Unit