Situation Report – Severe Flooding Solomon Islands

The Solomon Islands were hit by severe weather and intense rain beginning on April 2, 2014.  As a result, flash floods and flooding occurred in the capital city Honiara and the Provinces of Guadalcanal, Makira-Ulawa, Isabel, and Malaita.  Humanity Road’s disaster desk was activated on April 3 following an urgent request from a woman in Europe who has family in Honiara.  Volunteers monitored social media and the Internet for verified information that was then passed on to the public via Twitter and Facebook.  Information was slow in coming due to a lack of information on local government websites, a lack of government social media accounts, and a low frequency of social media use by the public.  No special hashtag emerged in Twitter for the event that is being widely used.  #Solomonsfloods is being used but not extensively.  Primary hashtags being used are #SolomonIslands #Solomons, and #Honiara.

The flooding is said to be one of the worst natural disasters in the Solomon Islands.  According to the United Nation’s Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), as of April 6,, 23 people have been confirmed dead, 30 people are missing, and 12,000 people are affected in Honiara.  Outside the city in Guadalcanal Province, 2 people are confirmed dead, and 40,000 people are affected.  Thousands of people are sheltering in 13 evacuation centers, including schools, the airport, and Panatina Pavilion.  The Provinces of Makira-Ulawa, Malaita, and Isabel have been impacted, but communication is limited. (Source)

Transportation and Infrastructure:
Relief efforts are being hampered by damage to bridges, roads, and the airport.  Bridges connecting east and west Honiara have been destroyed.  Honiara Port remains operational but has suffered damage.  Honiara International Airport was closed for several days due to a damaged runway and navigation and lighting systems.  It was reopened on April 6 for limited service.

Hospital and Health:
The National Referral Hospital was evacuated during the flooding, and emergency patients were being cared for at Good Samaritan Hospital.  As of April 6, the National Referral Hospital has been reopened and is accepting patients.  The water supply and sewer systems in Honiara have been damaged.  Save the Children reports some children in evacuation centers have diarrhea, and there are fears there could be an outbreak of dengue fever.

The Solomon Islands Water Authority has issued a boil water advisory for all of Honiara.  For more information call them at 23984/23985 or email [email protected] or visit their Facebook page:

Red Cross, Solomon Islands:
The Red Cross headquarters in Honiara was flooded and had to be evacuated.  A temporary headquarters has been set up at the Honiara Hotel.  The Red Cross and Oxfam have been working collaboratively to register people at evacuation centers and provide food and water.

Food and water have been distributed.  There is an urgent need for more food and water, water tanks, sanitation, soap and hygiene items, clothing, blankets, bedding, mosquito nets, cooking utensils, logistics support, and emergency communications for local government response agencies and teams.

Listed below are relief organizations responding and their social media accounts.

Relief OrganizationReliefFacebook/TwitterWebsite
Adventist Development & Relief Agency (ADRA)
Tel: 1-800-424-2372
World Vision New Zealand
Tel: 0800 800 776 or +64 9 5807700
Logistics, relief supplies, human resources
Australia Department of Foreign Affairs & Trade (DFAT)Aerial assessments, vehicles, engineers, relief supplies@dfat
National Disaster Management Office (NDMO)
Tel: +677 27836
[email protected]
Relief supplies, coordination@JoCooney
(tweeting on behalf of NDMO)
New Zealand Agency for International Development (NZAID)
Tel: +64 4 439 8000
Relief supplies, fundingFacebook:
New Zealand Red Cross
Tel: 09 262 0942
Coordination, support for SIRC, non-food supplies
@NZRedCross /
OCHA Pacific - Pacific Humanitarian Team
Tel: +679 331 6760
Coordination of response, damage assessments
Oxfam New Zealand
Tel:: 0800 600 700 or
+ 64 9 355 6500
Registration at evac centers, relief supplies & distribution
Pacific Office of the International Federation of the Red Cross & Red Crescent Societies (IFRC)
Tel: +679-331-1855, +679-999-2485
Support to Solomon Islands Red Cross
Reach Out Worldwide (ROWW)WASH, medical support
Save the Children
Tel: 1.800.728.3843
Logistics, relief supplies, human resources @SavetheChildren
Solomon Breweries (Solbrew)
Tel: +677 30257
Drinking water
Solomon Islands Red Cross Society (SIRC)
Tel: (677) 22682
Registration at evac centers, distribution of supplies, volunteers
UNICEF New Zealand
Tel: 0800 243 575 (NZ only) or (+64) (04) 815 9370
WASH, child education & protection
USAID, Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance
Tel: 202-712-0000 or
(202) 712-4810
Relief supplies

Humanity Road volunteers who responded:  Alice, Christoph, Aline, Scott.  Volunteers responding in social media: Ibrahim, Gerald, Paras, Cat, Chris, Cindy, Robin