Flash floods in Honiara a health concern as clean water and sewage systems disrupted


7 Apr 2014 | AU

WaterAid is deeply concerned for the health of Honiara residents after reports of disrupted water and sanitation supplies due to this weekend’s flash flooding.

“We were saddened to hear of the loss of life and shocking destruction in Honiara, after flash floods were experienced by residents across The Solomon Island’s capital this weekend,” said WaterAid Australia’s Acting Chief Executive Ms Rosie Wheen.

“Only two weeks ago I was in Honiara, meeting with the government and local NGOs discussing WaterAid’s ambitious goal of ensuring that everyone, everywhere gains access to clean water and sanitation by 2030,” continued Ms Wheen.

“According to a report released by UNICEF in November last year, only an estimated 29% of people living in the Solomon Islands have access to adequate sanitation. The combined lack of access to clean water and adequate sanitation causes the death of 2,000 children, globally, every day, due to water-related illnesses,” urged Ms Wheen.

“With disrupted water and sewage supplies in Honiara, I am deeply worried about the effect this will have on the people, especially children, living in Honiara,” said Ms Wheen.

“Access to clean water and adequate sanitation has far-reaching health and economic benefits. Six weeks out from Federal budget announcements, WaterAid urges this Government to remember the most vulnerable people in our region, and to ensure that the funding of water, sanitation and hygiene remains a priority in its aid program,” concluded Ms Wheen.

Kirrily Johns, Communications Manager: 03 9001 8246 or Kirrily.Johns@wateraid.org.au

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WaterAid’s vision is of a world where everyone has access to safe water and sanitation. The international organisation works in 26 countries across Africa, Asia, Central America and the Pacific region to transform lives by improving access to safe water, hygiene and sanitation in some of the world’s poorest communities. Since 1981, WaterAid has reached 19.2 million people with safe water and, since 2004, 15.1 million people with sanitation. For more information, visit: www.wateraid.org.au