11 Apr 2007

Solomons government to review preparedness after tsunami

8:36 pm on 11 April 2007

The Solomon Islands government says it is reviewing all aspects of its preparedness after a tsunami and earthquake hit the west of the country last week.

Most people are now receiving food, water and medical supplies and teams are on the ground to assess the reconstruction needs.

About 5000 people are still homeless and are camping on the hills, but many residents are refusing to return to their villages on the coast amid fears they may be hit by another tsunami.

A government spokesperson, Alfred Maesulia, says it is reviewing its preparedness plan, including re-settling residents of the low lying areas that have been hardest hit.

Mr Maesulia however says it has not made a decision yet.

"The government has not yet made any proposal as to what it will do with those people. If the reports coming in suggest that there is a need to relocate the people, then the government will decide on that later on."

A government spokesperson in Solomon Islands, Alfred Maesulia.