7 Jan 2003

More help is offered for cyclone hit islands in the Solomons

10:22 am on 7 January 2003

The Nationl Disaster Management Council says it is planning to send a total of four boats carrying relief supplies to the cyclone ravaged islands.

Chairman Caspar Fa'asala says a third boat could be ready to go as early as today, after a shipping company offered a vessel at no charge.

He also says Taiwan has made a grant of ten thousand US dollars for the relief programme, while the Japanese Government says it is sending a plane laden with tents, plastic water tanks, and water purifiers, later this week.

Meanwhile Australia is also sending two officers, along with the funds already pledged, to help manage the National Disaster Management Office.

The regional organisation, the Pacific Islands Forum, has pledged ten thousand US dollars .

The United Nations has deployed a disaster assistance and co-ordination team that will work with national and international agencies to organise help.

It has also provided a ten thousand US dollar grant for relief supplies.