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Sir Nathaniel visit Selwyn College
February 13, 2009

[Melanesian Messenger - Melanesia] Governor General of Solomon Islands Sir Nathaniel Waena and RAMSI Special Coordinator Graeme Wilson yesterday paid a joint post-flood visit to Selwyn College.

This was to get first hand information about the difficult post flood situation that washed through the school last week.

Sir Nathaniel and Mr Wilson used the opportunity to discuss with school principle Fr. Davidson Ngwaeramo and witness current efforts to clean up the mess left by the floods.

The school’s dormitories and other facilities have suffered extensive mud levels and damages to school gardens.

Father Davidson said the school’s immediate need now is a massive clean-up to facilities and the restoration of safe drinking water for staff members and their families who currently reside at the school.

Mr Wilson also used the visit to donate gifts of food and bottled water to assist the school Community who depend heavily on relief supplies following last week’s flash floods.

Sir Nathaniel said it is a sad experience for one of the country’s leading National Secondary Schools, which bore the brunt of double floods – the first during the deadly cyclone Namu in 1986 and last week’s flood which killed at least 10 people in West Guadalcanal.

The two leaders also flew over other devastated areas in West Guadalcanal, including a village along the Sasa River which was completely wiped out by the floods.