6 Apr 2007

RAMSI contributes to Solomons relief efforts

10:27 am on 6 April 2007

The Solomons Government and RAMSI are continuing to work together to ensure a coordinated and effective response to the earthquake and tsunami.

RAMSI is continuing to deploy all its Participating Police Force transport assets to support the Government in the distribution of emergency relief to the many islands affected by the tsunami.

Currently two boats, three helicopters and a fixed wing aircraft are being used to deliver much needed emergency supplies and equipment, and provide medical evacuations from the affected areas.

Special Coordinator Tim George says to date RAMSI police have facilitated 22 medical evacuations from Gizo and Sasamunda.

RAMSI's military component has also been deployed in response to requests for assistance from the Solomon Islands Police Force.

Mr George said RAMSI would continue to offer its support to the Government in response to requests through the newly established Central Control Group.