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Solomon Islands flooding kills 14, destroys homes

  • ASSOCIATED PRESSIn this Friday, April 4, 2014 photo, a building teeters on the edge of a river in Honiara, Solomon Islands. Flash floods in the Solomon Islands have killed 14 people and left thousands more homeless, authorities said Saturday. (AP Photo/Solomon Star) EDITORIAL USE ONLY
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    In this Friday, April 4, 2014 photo, a building teeters on the edge of a river in Honiara, Solomon Islands. Flash floods in the Solomon Islands have killed 14 people and left thousands more homeless, authorities said Saturday. (AP Photo/Solomon Star) EDITORIAL USE ONLY

HONIARA, Solomon Islands >> Flash floods in the Solomon Islands have killed 14 people and left thousands more homeless, authorities said Saturday.

The death toll could rise further, with many people listed as missing, said government spokesman George Herming. As many as 15,000 people have had their homes destroyed or made uninhabitable, he said.

The South Pacific island nation is home to 600,000 people.

There were several days of rain before the Mataniko River in the capital, Honiara, burst its banks Thursday and flooded low-lying settlements alongside the river.

The flooding continued through Friday, and waters began to gradually recede Saturday, Herming said.

New Zealand’s government has pledged $258,000 to the relief effort.

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