Dozens of people remain unaccounted for in the Solomon Islands, in the South Pacific, after the ship they were traveling on was wrecked when they set sail, ignoring warnings issued by the authorities regarding the arrival of Cyclone Harold.
The ship left last night from Honiara, the capital of the Solomon Islands, to Malaita province, with an undetermined number of passengers, believed to total 60, according to Radio New Zealand.
“We are saddened to learn that several passengers have disappeared after being dragged by the waters or fallen overboard on a ferry that departed last night despite warnings,” the prime minister of this island nation, Manasseh Sogavare, said on Friday. , in a speech broadcast on Facebook.
Rescue operations are complicated due to bad weather by Category 1 cyclone Harold, which travels at a speed of 22 kilometers per hour and at the beginning of the day was 96 kilometers southwest of the province of Guadalcanal.
The usual season for this type of meteorological phenomena in the area is recorded between November and April.
The population of the Solomon Islands, a country that has more than 900 islands and 611,000 inhabitants, maintain traditional ways of life and 75% are engaged in agriculture and fishing. .