4 Jun 2007

Latest report from Solomons says 36,000 people affected by earthquake and tsunami

7:04 am on 4 June 2007

The Solomon Islands National Disaster Management Office says more than 36,000 people and over 6,000 homes were affected by the April 2 earthquake and tsunami.

In its latest situation report, the office says 52 people have been confirmed dead, 40 were injured and more than 300 communities were affected.

The Solomon Island Broadcasting Corporation says the assessment reveals that over 3,000 houses were destroyed, and another 3,000 homes damaged.

The Disaster Management Office says the recovery phase is now well under way to help with the reconstruction and rehabilitation of people's lives.

But it says some villages in the Western and Choiseul Provinces are waiting for the government to assist them to rebuild their homes.