Solomon Islands

UN specialists investigate tailings dam at Solomon Islands gold mine

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The United Nations has sent a team of specialists the Solomon Islands to assess the stability of a tailings dam at an Austrailan-owned gold mine.

Australian company St Barbara shut down its Gold Ridge mine near the capital Honiara three weeks ago during the flash floods that killed 21 people and left 50-thousand others homeless.

The Solomon Islands government is worried the tailings dam, which containes toxic material like cyanide, may fail and endanger the lives of 8000 people living nearby.

Emilia Wahlstrom is a member of the UN's Disaster Assessment and Coordination team and says they're in the Solomon Islands at the request of the government.

Presenter: Liam Fox

Speaker: Emilia Wahlstrom, United Nations Disaster Assessment and Coordination

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Australian Broadcasting Corporation