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14 killed in Solomon Islands floods

Flash floods in the Solomon Islands have killed 14 people and left thousands more homeless.

Government spokesman George Herming said today that the death toll could rise further, with many people listed as missing. He said as many as 15,000 people have had their homes destroyed or made uninhabitable.

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

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

He said the flooding continued throughout yesterday, but the water began to gradually recede today.

New Zealand's government has pledged 300,000 New Zealand dollars (£155,000) to the relief effort.

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