Solomon Islands: Flash Floods and Landslides - June 2012
Flash floods and landslides affected over 7,000 people in parts of Makira Ulawa Province as a result of very heavy rain over the weekend of 1-3 June 2012. (Gov't Solomon Islands, 27 Jun 2012)
By Catherine Wilson
BRISBANE, Australia, Oct 1 2012 (IPS) - Climate activist Wanita Limpus, from the low-lying island nation of Kiribati in the Central Pacific Ocean, says the outcome of the Rio+20 Earth Summit held in Rio de Janeiro in June was a serious letdown for small, developing island states.
Half of the 10 million people of the Pacific islands reside within 1.5 km of the coastline, and Limpus stressed that climate change and rising sea levels were not a prediction but a reality threatening human security now.
Flash Floods and Landslides affected parts of Makira Ulawa Province. This was the result of very heavy rain that was experienced in the Province over the weekend of Friday 1st to Sunday 3rd of June 2012. There has not been any major weather related reasons that analysts from Solomon Islands Met Service could verify as to the cause of the heavy rain.
It is confirmed that the flooding is categorized as “Flash Flood” and rainfall data supplied by the SIMS Climatology Section, from data received from its Volunteer Station in Kira Kira showed the following readings,
1st June 32.4mm
2nd June 241.2mm
3rd June Nil (the rainguage has be removed due to risk of being destroyed by flooding)
4th June 13.8
Note that on the 2nd of June, the rainguage was poured nine times and then was removed so the reading after 12:00 midnight was not taken.