7 Feb 2014

Service held to remember victims of Solomons' tsunami

5:46 am on 7 February 2014

A service has been held in the Solomon Islands province of Temotu to remember the people who lost their lives following a magnitude eight earthquake and tsunami in the region.

Ten people were killed and thousands displaced after last year's quake in February, which generated waves that tore through coastal settlements, destroying homes and essential infrastructure.

Amelia Langford reports.

"The premier of Temotu province says a year on from the disaster some residents are still living in makeshift shelters made of tarpaulins. Father Charles Brown Beu says it is difficult for people to rebuild their houses because there are not enough palm leaves left to build proper roofs. He says the Government is yet to roll out phase two of its rehabilitation programme for the area, which includes housing assistance. Father Brown Beu says he was unable to attend the remembrance service as he was in Honiara but he understands it was a moving ceremony that was well-attended."