6 Jan 2014

Solomons' tsunami-displaced still in temporary housing almost year on

7:08 pm on 6 January 2014

Many of the people affected by a tsunami in Solomon Islands' Temotu province last February are still living in temporary shelter.

At least 10 people were killed and thousands displaced after a magnitude-8 earth quake generated waves that smashed through seaside villages of the province, destroying homes and infrastructure.

The provincial premier Charles Brown Beu says the national government now lacks the funds to implement its programme to provide permament, two-bedroom housing for those who lost homes.

"Most of them have been able to put up thatched roof buildings like they used to live in in the past but not as good as the one they used to live in before the tusnami struck. So some of them have not been able to build the strongest house they can build because they believe there is something coming."

Charles Brown Beu says the government is now trying to get donor funding for the programme.