18 Sep 2014

Solomons tsunami victims still in shelters

1:50 pm on 18 September 2014

19 months on from the tsunami that hit Temotu province in Solomon Islands, victims are still living in temporary shelters and awaiting funds to help rebuild their permanent homes.

The disaster claimed at least 10 lives and displaced thousands in February 2013.

Alongside having no money to rebuild, many affected locals have difficulty accessing land.

A director from the Ministry of Infrastructure Development, Patterson Fakavai, says indigenous landowners are trying to assist families by providing land but the cost to rebuild is a huge barrier.

The tsunami was a big one - moving away from their normal life to a new site and to a new life and way of living, I think that's one of the main costs. I think on the other hand the government is looking at that but you know, sourcing funding is also another issue.

A senior Solomons official Patterson Fakavai

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Photo: AFP