15 Aug 2012

Bad weather delays Solomons quake aid

5:15 pm on 15 August 2012

Bad weather is adding to the delay of the delivery of emergency supplies to those affected by last month's earthquake on the Weathercoast of Solomon Islands Guadalcanal island.

About 9,000 people have been affected and homes, crops and water supplies have been damaged.

The Provincial Disaster Coordinator, Herrick Savusi, says so far just ten shelter kits have been distributed but a ship with more supplies is set to leave.

He says although 50 tonnes of rice have been ordered, the supplier is yet to commit to the delivery.

Mr Savusi says they also learnt late on Wednesday afternoon that the earliest a ship could leave for the Weathercoast is Thursday evening.

"According to advice that we've received from the Weathercoast it's not safe to deliver the supplies, the weather there, it's very rough - the sea especially and it's difficult to land in certain areas."

Herrick Savusi says the ship is expected to leave for Guadalcanal Thursday/ this evening, but it will not leave without the rice.