10 Jul 2015

Thousands require assistance in storm-hit Solomons

4:12 pm on 10 July 2015

Thousands of people in remote areas of the Solomon Islands require emergency assistance following last week's heavy rains.

Cyclone Raquel and the subsequent tropical disturbance swept through the country last week, damaging houses and crops across Choiseul, Isabel, Malaita, and Western Provinces.

The Red Cross says rain over the past week has made reaching some remote communities impossible, however it has now cleared and volunteers are travelling to the four affected provinces to assess the damage.

A spokesperson, Becky Webb, says initial reports suggest about 10,000 people have been affected.

Ms Webb says as condition clear they're able to get a better picture of the extent of the damage.

"The rains have now stopped but the deluge of rain of the past week or so has made travel to some of the most remote and hard hit communities impossible. So it's only just now that we're managing to get assessment teams out and they're going out to some the worst affected areas where the severe weather's left many homes and buildings damaged and also many roads and access routes are also flooded."

Becky Webb says the agency has relief stocks, including tarpaulins, shelter kits and hygiene items, ready to roll out.

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