HELP ON THE WAY FOR TSUNAMI VICTIMS IN SOLOMONS

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Building materials come 17 months after devastation in Choiseul

By Philip Lilomo

HONIARA, Solomon Islands (Solomon Star, Nov. 27, 2008) - North West Choiseul Member of Parliament Clement Kengava has begun tsunami rehabilitation work in his constituency.

Mr. Kengava paid 2375 roofing irons and 395 ridge caps from the Solomon Sheet Steels for houses damaged during the tsunami April last year. These materials cost SB$741,312 [US$106,378] and they were paid from funds the Government provided to the constituency.

Kengava said the rehabilitation fund will be disposed to people in his area in three groups.

First group are those whose houses were totally destroyed by the tsunami, second are those whose houses were damaged, and the third group those whose houses have collapsed.

Kengava said that the materials are only for those whose houses were totally destroyed.

The other two groups will receive money which will be distributed January next year.

"Because money is limited only the first group will receive the materials and the other two groups will receive cash money."

"They can then use the cash to rebuilding their home with the help of Save the Children, which is helping out in the rehabilitation program," Kengava said.

He said that 119 families who have their homes damaged will receive SB$2,000 [US$287] each while 50 families whose homes collapsed will receive SB$2,500 each.

"A total of 301 families have been affected by the tsunami in my area with 132 of them have their homes totally destroyed.

"They are the ones who will receive the roofing irons and ridge caps to rebuild their homes," he said.

"I have a committee that handles rehabilitation funds for my constituency and we will work towards meeting the needs of our people. Lastly people should make good use of the funds to give government the confidence to continue assisting next year," he said.

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