2014 Solomon Islands – Severe Flooding

In early April 2014, sustained heavy rainfall triggered flash flooding in Guadalcanal, the Solomon Islands. This sudden onset disaster displaced tens of thousands of people, with the destruction of existing infrastructure and the… ..consequent contamination of water supplies.
NZMAT deployed two rotations over 34 days, including a Forward Planning Team, and two clinical teams who were joined by AUSMAT colleagues. Based in the emergency department of the National Referral Hospital (NRH) in Honiara, NZMAT personnel work alongside local health personnel to manage the increased patient workload.