3 Apr 2007

One witness in Solomon Islands says shelter, food and water needed

6:48 am on 3 April 2007

A witness to yesterday's earthquake and tsunami in Solomon Islands says people there now need shelter, food and water.

At least 12 people have died because of the powerful earthquake and tsunami which hit western parts of the country yesterday, and the death toll is expected to rise.

Danny Kennedy owns a dive shop in the capital of the Western Province, Gizo, which was hardest hit.

He says about 70 buildings in the town have been destroyed.

"In terms of outside assistance, what we really need right now, and apparently RAMSI has flown up a bunch of army tents, but at the moment, there are about literally a couple of thousand of people without any home or shelter that are just bunking under the trees and whatever canvass is available."

Danny Kennedy says with the hospital closed, people also need health and medical assistance.