Solomon Islands

NDMO intensifies repatriation work to enable schools to resume

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Authorities of the National Disaster Management Office (NDMO) are working around the clock to repatriate flood victims to their homes to allow schools used as evacuation centers to reopen for classes.

NDMO is currently working in partnership with displaced people and school authorities to develop a repatriation plan to address the current situation.

Already, five schools formerly used as evacuation centers including White River, Mbokona, Mbua Vale, Naha and Koloale School have been closed with all evacuees supported to return to their homes.

This has allowed several thousand students to resume classes and continue their education.

There are also a number of schools, including Honiara High, which have reopened, but are housing just a few evacuees in the school hall. Coronation School has reopened but unfortunately can only offer limited classes to years six and nine, as it still holds some evacuees while Bishop Epalle School has reopened today.

There are still some schools that remain completely closed, including King George Six, Mbokonavera Primary School, Tuvaruhu School, and Solomon Islands National University Panatina Campus.

Chairman of the National Disaster Council Melchior Mataki said it’s particularly important that all schools resume classes, otherwise students are unable to receive an education.

“We are working hard to support the return of all evacuees from previously flooded communities, and we appreciate all the cooperation we’ve received from all the affected people,” Mr Mataki said.

Meanwhile, Mr Mataki has acknowledged the strength and courage of displaced peoples for their patience and assistance during these difficult times as the Government starts to support rebuilding their lives and communities.

“To those who remain in the evacuation centres and have homes to return to, please allow us to help you rebuild your lives,” Mr Mataki said.

The NDMO and partners will continue to offer non-monetary assistance, including food and water rations, fast-growing vegetable seeds, and other means of support, where appropriate and achievable.