Appeal for Help from Fishing Village Devastated Community

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Fishing village coastline yesterday morning has devastated homes of more than a dozen families and their basic livelihood.

BY MIKE TUA

THE community of Fishing Village in East Honiara is appealing for help and urged responsible government authority to carry out site inspections for disaster assessment reports.

More than a dozen homes along the coastal community of Fishing Village were pounded and destroyed by waves in the early hours of Friday 3 April (Today), causing massive damage to homes and properties.

Waves 9 to 12 feet high pounded the Fishing village coastline yesterday morning has devastated homes and properties of more than a dozen families and their basic livelihood.

One homeowner, Danny John spoke with Sunday Isles, said the coastal area of Fishing Village has suffered serious damage, fishing nets broken, seawall, seaside public toilet houses, homes destroyed, boats and outboard motor have been swept away by big waves.

He said the two to four hours of strong wind and massive coastal waves that ravaged their community on Friday morning has caused destruction more extensive than previously experienced.

“My house was damaged by massive waves that uprooted the lower structure of the house, while others have lost their fishing boats, nets, eskies, and outboard motor engines.

“The villagers depend on these fishing resources to raise school fees and meeting other financial needs. We lost the majority of things we have worked hard to earn over the years.

“I do not know how the affected will recover everything they have lost as they are not prepared for such a disaster,” he added.

Tropical cyclone warning for all provinces is currently active and strong precautionary warnings are expected to remain in effect for the Solomon Islands.