Aid effort continues in Solomons

RNZ reports provincial governments and aid organisations are still working to provide emergency supplies and assistance to people in Solomon Islands who were affected by the 7.8 magnitude earthquake in December.

Almost 10,000 people are now believed to have been affected across three provinces by the quake which struck off Makira in the country's south and resulted in the death of an eleven-year-old girl.

The Pacific representative from United Nations Childrens' Fund, or UNICEF, said shelter, health and education remain priorities and they are working to deliver supplies to the affected provinces.

Sheldon Yetts said the ongoing development work after the emergency response will also be very crucial.

"Supplies have reached the most affected villages, communities are involved in making sure that schools being rebuilt and that kids are going back into the classrooms. But it takes time," he said.


Photo: UNICEF / Tahu Supplies including 3,000 pieces of hand washing soaps, 5,000 water containers, and 12 tents and tarpaulins for schools have been provided by UNICEF following a 7.8 magnitude earthquake in December 2016.