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Sunday, April 22, 2007

Solomon Islands to mourn 52 perished lives in deadly tsunami on public holiday tomorrow

Tomorrow Monday April 23rd is a special public holiday in Solomon Islands which allows people to mourn and remember the 52 people who lost their lives in the April 2nd earthquake and tsunami in Western and Choiseul provinces.

Announcing the national mourning day in a press conference last Friday, Solomons Finance Minister Gordon Darcy Lilo who was acting Prime Minister said government appreciates the fact that the whole country has provided support and comfort to those affected.

He said government was pleased to note the sincerity expressed by overseas friends in response to the disaster.

The people of Honiara are invited to attend a memorial service at the Wesley United Church, near the Honiara central Market starting at 6am.

Minister Lilo said all other provincial headquarters in the country are encouraged to hold similar services to remember citizens of the country who lost their lives in the unfortunate disaster.

Governor General Sir Nathaniel Waena and Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare are expected to attend tomorrow's service.

Source: SIBC

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