July 23, 2003 |
Mystery surrounded the whereabouts of Prime Minister Allan Kemakesa amid reports he had fled the capital, Honiara, fearing he could be kidnapped. Australian Broadcasting Corp. reported that he left the violence-racked city on a police patrol boat Tuesday night. An Australian-led force of 2,300 troops and police is due to arrive in the Solomon Islands on Thursday to help prop up Kemakesa's ailing administration.
October 28, 2003 |
Australia and New Zealand will start withdrawing troops from the Solomon Islands as a peacekeeping mission restores law and order. Australia sent 1,400 personnel in July as leader of a 2,225-strong force of soldiers and police from six nations. Direct intervention was seen as the only way to end years of fighting by ethnic militias. Australia said 800 of its personnel would return home by early December.
January 4, 2003 |
More than 1,000 people living on the remote Pacific island of Tikopia survived 225-mph Cyclone Zoe, a visiting cameraman said. But there was still no word on the fate of hundreds of others on neighboring Anuta and Mota Lava islands, which also may have been hit by high winds. The islands are part of the Solomon Islands chain. "Whole villages have been inundated by the sea," New Zealand freelance cameraman Geoff Mackley said. Food and water supplies were heavily damaged Sunday.
April 3, 2007 |
Thousands of residents camped out overnight on a hill above a devastated town in the western Solomon Islands after a tsunami washed away coastal villages, killing at least 13 people. The death toll was expected to rise. A wall of water reportedly 30 feet high struck the island of Choiseul and swept a third of a mile inland, while smaller but still destructive waves surged ashore elsewhere. Australian Broadcasting Corp.
April 4, 2007 |
The first boatloads of international aid reached survivors of a devastating tsunami in the Solomon Islands, but officials warned of a dire food shortage if supplies don't quickly get to hundreds of people camped on hillsides. At least 28 people died in Monday's tsunami and quake, measured at a magnitude of 8.1 by the U.S. Geological Survey. Disaster officials said the toll was expected to rise as rescue crews reached flattened villages.
December 31, 2002 |
A savage cyclone that hit two remote Pacific islands wiped out communications and left the fate of 1,300 residents unknown. Cyclone Zoe swept over Tikopia and Anuta on Sunday, with winds possibly gusting up to 223 mph, Australian meteorologists said. The islets, accessible only by boat, are in the Solomon Islands' remote Temotu province. A boat set out today to check the damage.
June 9, 2000 |
Hundreds of foreigners Thursday boarded an Australian navy ship moored off the Solomon Islands, escaping rival rebels battling in the jungles and capital of the South Pacific nation. A radio report hours later indicated a possible easing of tensions on the islands: Prime Minister Bartholomew Ulufa'alu, who had been taken captive Monday, reportedly had been freed from house arrest a second time, and the warring groups were trying to agree on a truce.
June 10, 2000 |
Warring rebels in the Solomon Islands said they would stop shooting long enough to let foreign diplomats visit, but that was all they agreed on before peace talks collapsed Friday, New Zealand officials said.
April 6, 2007 |
An airport in the Solomon Islands reopened for regular flights, easing aid delivery to the largest population center hammered by a magnitude 8.1 quake and killer waves Monday. Four International Red Cross boats laden with medical and shelter supplies were heading out of Gizo today toward outlying villages. Scattered cases of dysentery were reported. Officials still fear malaria and cholera could break out in hillside camps where conditions remained unsanitary.