Caption: FNU staff with some of the items collected. Photo: SUPPLIED.
Fiji National University has organised a flood appeal for those severely affected by the recent flash floods in Solomon Islands.
Given FNU’s partnership with Solomon Islands National University (SINU), the Office of the Registrar is conducting a drive to collect funds and clothing.
On 3 April, flash flooding triggered by prolonged heavy rainfall, swept through the Solomon Islands, killing at least 28 people and leaving tens of thousands homeless.
According to the Solomon Star newspaper, flash flooding, strong winds and landslides have also destroyed at least 76 houses, damaged 13 bridges and other major infrastructure, and destroyed food gardens and water sources across the country.
The newspaper reports that the destruction came when the a tropical low moved across Guadalcanal Island from 2 to 5 April, causing widespread torrential rains over the capital Honiara, Guadalcanal, Makira, Malaita, Isabel, Rennell and Bellonna. This low has since developed into Tropical Cyclone Ita.
Solomon Islands National Emergency Operations Centre (NEOC) confirms there are over 50,000 people affected across the country and an estimated 10,000 are sheltering in evacuation centres.
FNU Vice Chancellor, Dr Ganesh Chand wrote to Solomon Islands National University Vice Chancellor conveying sympathy towards the victims.
In his message, Dr Chand said FNU was truly saddened to hear of the severe devastation and fatalities caused during the flash floods.
“Our heartfelt sympathies go out to the people of Solomon Islands, especially to members of our extended Pacific family – Solomon Islands National University (SINU),” he said.
“Our deepest condolences also go out to the victims of this tragedy and we pray to Almighty God to provide them patience and fortitude and grant all the souls eternal rest,” Dr Chand said.
“We stand by you in this hour of need and remember you in our thoughts and prayers.”
In reply, SINU Vice Chancellor, Dr Glynn Galo said it was a humbling experience for him to receive the words of sympathy from a friend and colleague, and the VC of the Fiji National University.
“Thank you ever so much for the words of sympathy and for your kind gesture. I have received words of appreciation from all my Senior Managers and Executive staff whom I have forwarded your email to,” he said
“Yes, nationally we have been hit hard, not only the damage of the infrastructures but the loss of lives that cannot be replaced,” he added.
Dr Galo also registered his appreciation for the kind gesture the students and staff of FNU were planning for assistance.
Those wishing to donate can do so from April 11-15, 2014 anddonations can be dropped at the following locations:
Nasinu: Academic Office
Samabula: Academic Office
For further information, please contact Ms Melisa Singh on 3394000 ext. 2404, Academic Office Nasinu or Communications Office on 3393110.