HELP ARRIVES IN SOLOMONS FROM PACIFIC REGION

News Release

Department of the Prime Minister Government of the Solomon Islands Honiara, Solomon Islands April 5, 2007

While efforts to get emergency relief assistance to the victims of the earthquake and tsunami devastated are being mobilized, assistance from overseas development partners continues to pour into the country.

A C130 Hercules from the Royal Australian Air Force arrived in Honiara midday today and continued on to Munda with emergency relief supplies.

[PIR editor’s note: Munda is a group of villages served by an airport on the southern coast of New Georgia, in the Solomons Western Provcince.]

During this weekend a 767 aircraft from Japan will arrive with relief supplies and another aircraft from Malaysia may be in the Solomon Islands on a similar mission after clearance from aviation authorities.

Meanwhile, yesterday the Government of Japan decided to extend initial emergency relief goods such as blankets and plastic rolls in kind equivalent to about 13 million yen [US$109,413] to the Government of the Solomon Islands.

"From a humanitarian point of view for the disaster-struck people and in light of its friendly relations with the Solomon Islands, Japan offered assistance immediately after the disaster," as statement from the Japanese Embassy in Honiara said. "As the Government of Solomon Islands made an official request to Japan on April 4, the Government of Japan has decided to extend this emergency assistance."

Three more boats should leave for the disaster areas today.

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