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Thursday, April 05, 2007

Tsunami disaster in Solomons' death toll still increasing

The National Disaster Management Office say seven more dead bodies have been picked floating at sea close to the islands of Rannoga and Simbo in the Western province.

Director of Government Communication Unit, Alfred Maesulia says the bodies were said to have been picked by the crew of the Police Patrol boat Lata.

But he says the National Disaster Management Office (NDMO) is yet to confirm this report with the Police. If this report is confirmed, the number of deaths in both the quake and tsunami on Monday now stands at 32, as of yesterday evening.

Meanwhile, Maesulia who is now manning the information desk at the NDMO says three more boat loads of relief supplies were to have left Honiara yesterday afternoon.

He says food, shelter, water and clothing remain the most urgent needs of those affected.

Maesulia says one boat is going direct to Wagina, whilst the two other boats are going to Gizo and Munda. He says the NDMO team of assessors to the stricken areas have visited communities of Titiana, Paelonge, Simbo and Rannoga. Maesulia adds NDMO is ready to send another ground team to the stricken areas.

Source: SIBC

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