Red Cross Launches Appeal To Help Flood Affected Solomons

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NGO to raise $1.4 million to provide water, shelter, other essentials

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (Radio New Zealand International, May 6, 2014) – The Red Cross has launched an emergency appeal for 1.4 million US dollars to help Solomon Islanders recover from the flash flooding one month ago.

The floods killed 22 people, destroyed homes and properties, and severely disrupted the lives of more than 50,000 people in the capital Honiara and Guadacanal Province.

The deputy secretary general of Red Cross Solomon Islands, Joanne Zoleveke, says more than 4,000 people remain in emergency shelters and face months of recovery efforts.

She says emergency support is needed to provide more clean water, sanitation, emergency shelter, and help victims re-build in the long term.

Ms Zoleveke says the Red Cross has so far delivered non-food items such as tools, jerry cans, cooking equipment, hygene materials and mosquito nets to 5,000 people, and provided assistance in evacuation centres.

She says the emergency appeal will enable the Red Cross to deliver safe drinking water, shelter kits and essential supplies to 21,000 people.

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