Teams Formed To Assess Cyclone Damage In Solomons

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Red Cross estimates 10,000 people affected by Raquel

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (Radio New Zealand International, July 10, 2015) – Assessment teams are setting out today to measure the full extent of the damage to Solomon Islands from last week's storm.

Category one cyclone Raquel swept through parts of the country before being downgraded to a tropical depression. The all clear was given on Monday.

One person has been confirmed dead with at least one other person reported missing.

The storm wrecked more than 150 buildings and thousands of food gardens.

A Red Cross spokesperson, Becky Webb, says initial estimates suggest around 10-thousand people have been affected across Western, Choiseul, Isabel, and Malaita Provinces.

She says Red Cross volunteers will join assessment teams under the National Disaster Management Office which will take around two weeks to gauge the full extent of the damage.

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