On 5 April, the Solomon Islands was hit by extreme flooding, killing 23 people and leaving an estimated 50,000–60,000 people homeless.

Lowy Institute Melanesia experts Jenny Hayward Jones and Tess Newton-Cain got together earlier this week to discuss the impact of Australia's $3 million assistance package and the relief response of the Solomon Islands government. Jenny and Tess examine the opportunities for Solomon Islands to rebuild key infrastructure (2.08), Solomon Islands preparedness to face future disasters (3.00) and the worrying signs of political interference in aid assistance (3.26).