Additional Resource

Gold Ridge Tailings Storage Facility Assessment – Solomon Islands 2014

Mission Report

In April 2014, heavy rains and earthquakes led the Government of the Solomon Islands to request assistance for the assessment of the disaster’s impacts on the tailings storage facility of the Gold Ridge goldmine. Subsequently, a United Nations Disaster Assessment and Coordination team was deployed, with the support of the European Commission’s Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection department. The objective of the mission was to assess the dam stability and to evaluate the impacts of a potential dam overspill or breach on the 8 000 people living downstream from the tailings storage site.

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