23 Apr 2007

Solomon Islands marks national day of mourning for tsunami and earthquake victims

6:19 am on 23 April 2007

Solomon Islanders are to observe one minute's silence this morning to remember the 52 people who lost their lives in the earthquake and tsunami.

The government has set aside today as a national day of mourning for the disaster victims.

A minute's silence will be observed from 7.39am local time, exactly three weeks after the quake struck, and church services will be held around the country.

A government spokesman, Alfred Maesulia, says the tsunami has started to bring the people of the Solomon Islands together and help heal the rifts of ethnic violence.