Last Friday (7th February), torrential rain resulted in the complete evacuation and closure of Selwyn College on Guadalcanal. ACoM reported: “The College has decided to evacuate the students. According to the College Chaplain, Fr. John Roroi, most of boys dormitories are filled with mud and really needs good cleaning up. Not only that, but water and sanitation as well as power supply too would become problem if the rain continues, which is more likely to continue as according to the Solomon Islands Meteorological Services. The school is arranging transportations as we speak (11:30am) for all students to be transported to Honiara. Parents and guardians who have higher vehicles can also go down to pick up their children should they wish to. The College administration and ACOM Education Authority are also making arrangements for other students who may have no places to stay in Honiara. All students are on safe hands.”
The school now need to hire pump trucks to pump out the toilet septic, plus purchase water blasters to clean the laundries. The total cost should be around SBD$30,000, nearly £3,000, and the work needs to be completed as soon as possible, and before students and staff return to the site. If you would like to send a donation to MMUK please use the reference Selwyn Flood.