4 Apr 2007

Solomons PM waiting for results of ground survey

9:39 am on 4 April 2007

The Solomon Islands' Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare has called for more information before deciding what further aid needs to be provided following Monday's earthquake and tsunami.

More than 20 people have been killed and thousands more have been left homeless.

Aerial surveys of the disaster area have been conducted, but Mr Sogavare has ordered disaster officials to also conduct a ground survey.

There are already reports of water shortages, crops ruined and buildings flattened.

Officers from the New Zealand and Australian aid agencies are already on the island of Gizo, assessing the damage..