Flooding hits Solomon Islands

UNDER WATER: There has been widespread flooding in Honiara.
UNDER WATER: There has been widespread flooding in Honiara.

A mother and child have been swept away in flood waters as heavy rains hit the Solomon Islands, local media and residents say.

The Solomon Times says the pair were swept away in the Chinatown area of the capital, Honiara.

“The flash floods came in unexpectedly, the young mother and her baby daughter was crossing the bridge at the time,” one eye witness told the Times.

One non-government organisation official told Fairfax tonight that there is "widespread flooding'' in the capital, but was unable to give further details as evacuations were under way.

There has been no official confirmation, and phone lines in Honiara were mainly out, but images posted on social media appear to show badly flooded streets, including in the central business area of the capital.

The Solomon Islands Meteorological Service this evening is warning of heavy rain with thunderstoms.

The storm is moving southwest across the group.

The US military’s Joint Typhoon Warning Center has posted the storm as a potential cyclone and says the chances are high that it will turn cyclonic.

It projects that it will head south into the Coral and Tasman Seas toward New Zealand

Fairfax Media