DRIER THAN NORMAL RAINFALL RECORDED FOR SOLOMONS

Dry soil due to El Nino. Photo credit: www.abc.net.au

Dry soil due to El Nino. Photo credit: www.abc.net.au

Drier than normal rainfall was recorded in most parts of the country during this month.

A Climate outlook from Solomon Islands Meteorological Service for this month shows Henderson, Honiara in the Central, Kirakira and Lata in the Eastern region and Taro in the Western region recorded below normal rainfall.

Meanwhile, only Munda in the Western region recorded the highest rainfall total of 240 millimeters.

Honiara in the Central region recorded the lowest rain of 28 millimeters.

The Met office believes the below rainfall in most parts southwest of the country resulted from the South Pacific Convergence Zone (SPCZ), which is displaced further northeast of Solomon Islands from its normal position this month.

Meanwhile, World Vision Solomon Islands (WVSI) is currently undertaking disaster impact assessments in Makira, Temotu, Malaita and Central Islands provinces.

World Vision’s Grants Portfolio Manager, Brooks Dodge told SIBC News 20 affected communities were given important information on water management and healthy living during the dry season.

He says relief efforts through water storage devices were also supplied.

“And in those 20 communities, we provide what we call IEC materials or Information Education and Communication materials to message around how to save water, be sure to drink water and how to stay healthy during the drought condition and then we’ll also be providing them with additional water storage devices so that they can store if there’s rain in those areas then they can store water and with greater capacity.”

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