Rain began in the evening of Monday 31st March 2014, and developed to the flooding of Honiara’s main rivers of Lungga, Mataniko, and streams in West Honiara (Honiara Botanical Gardens and White River) in the midday of Thursday 3rd April 2014.
Settlements along the main rivers of Lungga and Mataniko have been destroyed and unconfirmed deaths, casualties, and missing people have been reported.
At 12.12pm a 8.0 magnitude undersea earthquake occurred 33km West-Southwest of the Santa Cruz Islands and generated a destructive tsunami. At 12.23pm the SI Meteorological Service issued a tsunami warning for 5 provinces in Solomon Islands; Temotu, Malaita, Makira-Ulawa, Central and Guadalcanal. By 1.18pm the threat to the 5 Provinces had been assessed and for Guadalcanal and Temotu this was downgraded to watch status.