HONIARA, Solomon Islands (RNZI, Jan. 1) - Fearing an outbreak of diseases in cyclone stricken areas, the Solomon Islands National Disaster Management Office is calling on people in the Temotu province to take health precautions.

The Solomon Islands Broadcasting Corporation reports the Office’s Director, Loti Yates warning residents on Tikopia and Anuta islands to be careful of diseases such as red-eye, diarrhea and vomiting.

He says that people should be careful about disposing waste and to boil water before drinking.

Disaster officials are concerned about Tikopia and Anuta residents – variously reported at a total population of between 1,300 and 4,000, because communication links have been broken since the storm swept through on Saturday night.

Meanwhile, Australia has offered financial help to the Disaster management office.

Australia has offered to pay the fuel for the police patrol boat, Lata, which will carry an assessment team to the Temotu province tomorrow.

The Disaster Management Office has also confirmed it will receive assistance from World Vision International, Red Cross and Oxfam.

January 1, 2002

For additional reports from Radio New Zealand International, go to PACIFIC ISLANDS REPORT News/Information Links: Radio/TV News/Radio New Zealand International.

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