20 Dec 2016

Shelter, Health and Education priorities for Solomons quake

From , 4:02 pm on 20 December 2016


Disaster authorities in Solomon Islands are calling for a targeted approach to emergency response and recovery in the wake of a major earthquake.

A 7.8 magnitude quake struck a fortnight ago off of Makira Island in the country's south.

Around 10,000 people are believed to have been affected with several hundred buildings destroyed across three provinces.

But the director of the National Disaster Management Office Loti Yates told Koroi Hawkins Solomon Islands will not be requesting additional international assistance with the initial emergency response.

A family in Kirakira, narrowly escaped with their lives after the wall of their family home collapsed during the 7.8 earthquake which hit Solomon Islands on 9 December, 2016.

A family in Kirakira, narrowly escaped with their lives after the wall of their family home collapsed during the 7.8 earthquake which hit Solomon Islands on 9 December, 2016. Photo: World Vision / Gray Nako