SOLOMONS TSUNAMI RECOVERY TO COST $6.4 MILLION

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HONIARA, Solomon Islands (Solomon Star, Feb. 5, 2008) - The Tsunami/earthquake rehabilitation programmes in the Solomon Islands’ Western and Choiseul Provinces will cost SB$45 million [US$6.4 million], the Prime Minister said yesterday.

Dr Derek Sikua said the Government has already contributed $15 million to kick start the rehabilitation programmes in the two provinces. They will buy building materials with the money to build new homes.

He said the rest of the money for the rehabilitation programmes would be sourced from various donor partners and aid agencies.

Prime Minister Sikua said the Government’s contribution may not seem a lot of money taking into consideration hundreds of homes were destroyed.

But he said the release of the Government’s contribution nearly two weeks ago should pave the way for other donors to come forward.

This is with their donations to the various constituency tsunami/earthquake rehabilitation committees which will disburse the relief packages.

Dr Sikua made the clarification following concerns raised by various leaders from the Western and Choiseul Provinces.

They felt the Government’s $15 million contribution was inadequate taking into account the mass destruction the tsunami/earthquake disaster caused the people

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