8 Feb 2009

NZ contingent assist flood relief work

12:00 pm on 8 February 2009

New Zealand personnel stationed with the Regional Assistance Mission in Solomon Islands are assisting flood relief work there.

Flooding, which started 10 days ago, has washed away homes and affected about 1800 families. At least 10 people are dead.

The senior New Zealand officer at RAMSI, Jonathan Austin, says the team has worked closely with the authorities since the floods began.

He says a major concern is the loss of vegetable crops, which are a primary source of food for rural families.

New Zealand is giving $NZ100,000 to flood relief work there.