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,” WaterAid Australia’s Acting Chief Executive Ms Rosie Wheen said.
“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,” Ms Wheen continued.
“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,” Ms Wheen urged.
“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,” Ms Wheen said.
“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,” Ms Wheen concluded.
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