1 Aug 2007

Rice supplies being sent to Ranongga and Simbo in Solomon Islands

3:17 pm on 1 August 2007

Supplies of rice are being sent to Ranongga and Simbo in Solomon Islands where food gardens, which were replaced following the tsunami and earthquake, have again been destroyed by bad weather.

A spokesperson for World Vision, Jay Hong, says the National Disaster Council is sending supplies to both islands to assist villagers who have lost their gardens.

Nearly four months after the disaster struck, Mr Hong says about 2,000 people in Gizo remain living in tents waiting for the government to assist them in replacing their homes.

He says about 100 people are still in tents on Simbo and Ranongga but the situation has been made worse because of the wet weather.

"Food gardens are being destroyed because of the recent weather. It's been raining a lot for the last three weeks, it's still raining now so it's been affecting them. NDC [National Disaster Council] is providing a bit of food for them, they're sending rice over to the islands and one of our boats has been sent to assist in delivering rice."

Jay Hong