12 June 2014
The Australian Government is providing a further $2 million to help the Solomon Islands rebuild key infrastructure following the devastating floods that hit Honiara in April this year.
The funding comes on top of the Australian Government’s $3 million emergency flood assistance package to provide immediate humanitarian relief to the people affected by the disaster.
The floods caused major damage to roads and bridges in and around Honiara, cutting communities off from services, markets, employment and each other.
The funding announced today will go to restoring road access for thousands of Solomon Islanders. The focus will be the main roads and bridges to the east and west of Honiara which provide vital links between the capital and the rest of Guadalcanal Island.
This infrastructure is vital to sustaining the country’s economy – helping farmers transport their produce to market, underpinning business in the capital and enabling thousands of Solomon Islanders to attend work, go to school and university, and access health services.
The repair of these roads and bridges will be a critical step forward in the long-term economic and social recovery from the floods.