More than one thousand people are still living in the evacuation centers after April's flash floods. Some people say they will not leave until the government comes through with its promise to resettle them.
Drinking water remains a concern for an estimated 50 per cent of the 50,000 people affected by the severe floods in April; MoH is investigating the diarrhoea-related deaths of four children from Guadalcanal.
The Philippines government reports that the numbers of IDPs from the floods is still fluctuating with a total of 4,477 people in 10 evacuation centres as of 12 May. The total damage and losses are estimated at around US$108 million.
The Government is encouraging voluntary returns from evacuation centres, but planning is needed to manage the process as there are concerns tensions will rise if evacuees are forcibly removed or food relief is withheld.
Nine school buildings in the capital Honiara are being used as evacuation centres, while many others have been badly damaged, with floodwaters drenching carpets, smashing windows and destroying learning materials.