Varley Warns on Bad Weather despite No Deaths Reported

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Mataniko river experiencing heavy flooding in 2014.

THE Royal Solomon Islands Police Force (RSIPF) has continued to warn people on the recent bad weather and heavy rain, which causes flooding despite no serious case or death recorded throughout the country.

Police Commissioner Matthew Varley says several cases were reported but police have dealt with them accordingly and all were safe and fine.

“At this point in time, we had a couple of search and rescue operation with some boats missing at sea but I am pleased to assure that everyone has been located and are now safe. We also had no report of death and serious issues in relation to the recent heavy rain and flooding,” he added.

However, Mr Varley said that doesn’t mean people should not take precautions despite the bad weather condition but they must do take extra precaution and keep listening out for warnings from the medium logistical services and also the disaster office.

He said over the past years, such weather conditions especially flooding usually caused deaths especially among young people.

Mr Varley urged parents to observe and watch their children very closely to ensure they stay away from rivers and streams particularly in areas of flooding or don’t allow them to play in rain or flooding.

He said Police is always available in a standby mode to respond to any incident that might threaten the safety of the community due to the bad weather condition and will continue to work closely with the office of the National Disaster Management Office (NDMO).