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WELLINGTON, New Zealand (RNZI, June 25) - Solomon Islands
National Disaster Office hopes to send a team this week to check on the welfare
of hundreds of displaced people on the Weather Coast of Guadalcanal.

There are estimates that 1,500 villagers have now been displaced
by attacks by warlord Harold Keke and his supporters.

Nearly 1,000 people are being cared for in makeshift shelters
near Honiara after many had spent three days trekking to escape Keke.

The director of the national disaster office, Loti Yates, said
about 500 have also established a temporary camp in a safe area of the Weather

He said the villagers are fending for themselves.

"We are quite concerned about to get across to them,"
Yates said. "We do not know what the situation is and we are relying on
information that comes in. We are looking at how we can get people to go across
there. Probably on Thursday, we may come up with a more concrete plan."

June 26, 2003

Radio New Zealand International: http://www.rnzi.com/ 

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