23 Feb 2009

Premier of Guadalcanal in Solomons urges patience over delivery of flood relief supplies

11:45 am on 23 February 2009

The Premier of the Solomon Islands province of Guadalcanal, Stephen Panga, is urging people in parts of the North and North-east to wait patiently while the damage caused by recent flooding is being assessed.

Thirteen people have now been confirmed dead and seven people are still missing after flooding more than three weeks ago.

Mr Panga was responding to complaints by those affected, that a few weeks after their food gardens were damaged no emergency or relief supplies had reached them.

But Mr Panga told the Solomon Islands Broadcasting Corporation that it has taken this long because there's a process to follow involving the Guadalcanal Disaster Committee and relevant government bodies dealing with disaster.

He says, however, relief supplies will be sent following approval from the cabinet based on assessments.