Solomons Disaster Management Authorizes Relief Funds

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$405,300 approved to address damage from Cyclone Freda

By Douglas Marau

HONIARA, Solomon Islands (Solomon Star, Jan. 4, 2013) – The National Disaster Management Office (NDMO) has approved more than SB$3 million [US$405,300] to meet cost of damages caused by Cyclone Freda in the Solomon Islands.

After a meeting held by NDMO officials on New Year’s Eve, the disaster office approved to activate a national disaster organizing committee after they passed a SB$3.7 million [US$499,870] budget for work programs to deal with the damages left behind by Cyclone Freda.

The NDMO is expected to present a paper to Cabinet sometimes this week before the budget will be released.

The budget will be used for transport, logistics as well as food relief supplies on the affected areas.

Cyclone Freda caused moderate damages in parts of the country with the worst affected in Makira/Ulawa province where it damaged infrastructures, food gardens and shelters.

Although, the cyclone has caused damages on parts of Rennell/Bellona province, the NDMO could not verify the scope and scale of damages because of communication difficulties.

Freda also affected parts of Guadalcanal province resulting in food gardens destroyed, flooding and houses destroyed.

Meanwhile, other provinces including Malaita, Temotu, Isabel and Central provinces reported minimal damage or no damages at all.

A statement from NDMO said assessment teams should be dispatched to the affected areas sometimes this week.

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