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Reopening airstrip 'a priority'

Timoci Vula
Thursday, February 07, 2013

THE government of the Solomon Islands is working to reopen the airport as a priority.

And it is also planning aerial assessments from Honiara today, a situation report released last night by the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) stated.

This after the Santa Cruz Islands — with a population of 21,362 in the Temotu Province — was hit by waves of about 90cm to one metre.

A wave measuring eight centimetres reached the capital Honiara.

"The Prime Minister's Office reported that the tsunami wave travelled 500 metres inland and inundated the airstrip at Lata, the capital of Temotu Province as well as surrounding villages, flattening many traditional houses," the OCHA report stated. "The police commander from Temotu Province reported that access to roads was blocked due to flooding, limiting access to nearby villages.

"Initial reports indicate four people have lost their lives and two people remain missing," the report said.

The report said other affected areas included the communities of Venga, Nangu and Bamoe which are located along the coast of the Santa Cruz Islands.

The report stated there had been no damage reported in Malaita, Makira and East Guadalcanal.


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