World Video | Defence | Foreign Affairs | Natural Events | Trade | NZ in World News | NZ National News Video | NZ Regional News | Search

 


UNICEF Sends Emergency Supplies to Santa Cruz Islands

UNICEF Sends Emergency Supplies to Santa Cruz Islands

Suva, 8 February 2013 – Pre-positioned emergency supplies in Honiara, Solomon Islands were sent to the Santa Cruz Islands yesterday, as part of the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) support to those affected by the 8.0–magnitude earthquake that triggered a tsunami on Wednesday 6th February.

The emergency supplies sent include:
• 350 Water and Sanitation (WASH) kits which include 2x10 litre containers, purification tablets and soap,
• 100 (4x5mtre) tarpaulins,
• 20 tents which will provide shelters for 700 people
• 6 packs of 50 purification tablets to provide clean drinking water for a family of 6 persons for several weeks.

In expressing her concern, UNICEF Pacific Deputy Representative, Ms. Isabelle Austin said “our thoughts are with the people affected in Santa Cruz Islands, especially their children and UNICEF stands ready to provide further relief and support.”

She added that “the issue of clean and safe water, as well as proper hygiene is always a concern for us during disasters hence the disbursement of WASH kits and purification packs. Outbreaks such as diarrhoea and skin infections often occur if water is not treated or purified. The use of these supplies will to some extent hinder the spread of disease and illness.”

“There are reports that schools have been affected therefore, the tents and tarpaulins serve as temporary shelters or learning spaces for children,” she said.

Along with its partners, UNICEF is working closely with the Government of Solomon Islands to respond swiftly and effectively to the crisis.

UNICEF staff have joined the initial assessment teams that were dispatched to Santa Cruz for the collection of information.

Three villages have been flattened by the tsunami, nine people are reported dead and dozens are still missing.

“We await more information from the assessment teams to provide further support to the Government and people affected in Solomon Islands,” said Ms. Austin.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
World Headlines

 

Gordon Campbell: On The Censorship Havoc In South Africa’s State Broadcaster

Demands have included an order to staff that there should be no further negative news about the country’s President Jacob Zuma, and SABC camera operators responsible for choosing camera angles that have allegedly made the President ‘look shorter’ were to be retrained... More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On A Bad Week For Malcolm Turnbull, And The Queen

Malcolm Turnbull’s immediate goal – mere survival – is still within his grasp... In every other respect though, this election has been a total disaster for the Liberals. More>>

ALSO:


Gordon Campbell: On Bidding Bye Bye To Boris

Boris Johnson’s exit from the contest for Conservative Party leadership supports the conspiracy theory that he never really expected the “Leave” option to win the referendum – and he has no intention now of picking up the poisoned chalice that managing the outcome will entail... More>>

ALSO:

Mexico: Violence And Repression Of Teachers

The member organizations of Network for Peace express our indignation over the acts of repression that the Mexican State has carried out, through the police forces... In Chiapas, Guerrero and Oaxaca, the conflict has resulted in murders of teachers and civilians as well as hundreds of wounded and dozens of people arrested. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On Britain's Pleas For Mercy

So… Boris Johnson is promising that he won't be holding a snap general election, if he's chosen as the next UK Conservative Party leader. Reportedly, he is even making that promise a feature of his leadership campaign, since a vote for Boris would therefore mean (wink wink) that his colleagues wouldn't have to risk their jobs and face the wrath of the British public until 2020. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 
 
 
 
 
World
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news