Two missing in Solomons Islands flooding
Thu, Jan 21, 2010

THONIARA, Jan 21, 2010 (AFP) - Two children were missing Thursday as flooding cut off parts of the Solomon Islands' most populated island and authorities warned the situation was expected to worsen.

Police said they had evacuated around 60 people from the fringes of the capital Honiara after the Lunga River broke its banks on the main island of Guadalcanal.

"We're still in a volatile situation, according to the meteorological information, we're in for a lot more rain," Solomon Islands police commissioner Peter Marshall told a press conference.

Two children were reported missing late Wednesday after they were swept away while crossing the Lunga River in a bid to escape rising floodwaters.

The boys' mother told local television in the South Pacific nation her family was crossing the river from their home when they were hit by logs and dragged under water.

The Solomon Islands Meteorological Service said a low depression was affecting the east of the country and was expected to linger in the region.

Last year west Guadalcanal was badly affected by flash floods that killed 11 people.





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