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Thursday, April 26, 2007

Solomons tsunami-caused homeless get shelter box assistance from Australian charities

Australian rotary clubs are distributing emergency aid boxes that will help 2,000 people left homeless by this month's earthquake and tsunami in the Solomon Islands.

Lasse Petersen from the charity group Shelter Box is in the worst hit region of Gizo. He says the devastation is overwhelming - with about 15,000 people left homeless in the area.

"We've got 200 shelter boxes that have been delivered up here, we've got a 100 here on site now," he said.

"We're distributing each of them, [they] will provide tent accommodation for 10 people - in total of 1,000 people we're providing support to. And there's another 100 boxes on their way up from Honiara."

Source: ABC News

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