2 Aug 2007

Tarpaulins to be shipped to Solomon Islands town of Gizo

3:52 pm on 2 August 2007

The National Disaster Management office in Solomon Islands is organising a further shipment of tarpaulins to the Western province for those still living under temporary shelter.

About 2,000 people in and around Gizo, Ranongga and Simbo, remain living in tents, four months after the devastating earthquake and tsunami struck the region.

But their tarpaulins are deteriorating due to bad weather and little has been done about the rebuilding of houses.

The director of the NDMO, Loti Yates, says they're aware of the problem and have a number of tarpaulins, which have been donated by NGOs, but they're also organising others.

"The NDMO has also purchased another at least 1,500 tarps in the last week and we have our logistics people just getting ready to have them shipped over to Gizo and then Gizo will be responsible for distributing them to the identified families who would require replacements of their tarps."

Mr Yates says they've come to accept the fact that it has been quite slow to get some form of shelter work started in those areas.

He estimates it could cost 40 million Solomon Islands dollars, or 5.7 million U.S., to reconstruct the houses.