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HONIARA, Solomon Islands (SIBC, May 31) – The Solomon Islands Treasury Department confirms that funding is ready, following cabinet approval, to assist the people of Temotu Pele in the country’s Reef Islands who have reportedly been struggling with a severe food shortage since last December .

The Division says payment for food will be made as soon as a request for documents is submitted by the Department of Home Affairs.

A contingency warrant was approved by cabinet last week for SB$500,000 (US$67,900) to assist the people.

[The problem was first reported by SIBC in April, when a man from Otelo village in the Reef Islands called for help, saying 7,000 residents were short of food. Patterson Natei said crops had been poor because of unusually dry weather last year.]

SIBC News understands that the National Disaster Management Office has in the past few days been trying to secure a boat at a reasonable charter rate.

Part of the funds approved by cabinet will likely be used to charter a boat to take the relief supplies, mainly rice to the people of Temotu Pele.

June 1, 2005

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