PRIME Minister Rick Houenipwela has conveyed condolences to the Government and people of Japan following the devastating floods and landslide that hit the country.
In a letter to his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe, Prime Minister Houenipwela expressed his heartfelt condolences to the Japanese people who lost loved ones as a result of this tragic event.
“On behalf of the Government, and the people of Solomon Islands I wish to express my heartfelt condolences to you and the people of Japan especially to families that have lost loved ones as a result of the flooding in your country,” Houenipwela said in his letter.
He said as a nation affected by climate change, Solomon Islands is fully aware of the vulnerabilities associated with unseasonal weather.
“Our thoughts and prayers go out to those affected by the flooding. We wish every success for the ongoing efforts to rescue the victims.
“I am confident that the people of Japan have the resilience, determination, and the drive to recover and rebuild their lives from these tragic events,” the Prime Minister stated in his letter.
Torrential rains unleashed floods and landslides in western Japan last week, their worst flooding in 36 years.
The landslides and flooding have killed at least 155 people, with more than 60 still missing.
Almost 2 million Japanese people have been advised to evacuate their homes.