9 Apr 2014

Australia announces more assistance for Solomon Islands

4:47 am on 9 April 2014

Australia's Minister for Foreign Affairs has announced Australia will provide a total package of 2.8 million US dollars to assist Solomon Islanders affected by flooding.

Julie Bishop says the funding will continue to assist the Government of Solomon Islands, Non-government organisations and the United Nations to respond to the immediate needs of people affected by the disaster, as well as supporting early recovery efforts.

Miss Bishop says she has spoken to Solomons prime minister Gordon Darcy Lilo to confirm Australia's further offer of support.

She says 1.87 million US dollars of the funding will assist in addressing immediate humanitarian needs (including provision of safe drinking water, emergency shelter, food, sanitation and hygiene).

She says this will largely be delivered through Australian NGOs and the Red Cross, adding longer-term support will help communities rebuild their homes, schools and health clinics.

More than 561,000 (561,466) US dollars will be for coordination and technical assistance.

The 2.4 million US dollars announced by the Minister builds on the 280,000 US dollars for humanitarian supplies and logistics transportation, as well as the more than 93,000 (93,586) for the deployment of Australian Civilian Corps engineers and two Australian Government Rapid Response Team members.

Julie Bishop says they are also working with the Government of Solomon Islands and NGOs to ensure the safety and support of displaced people, particularly the vulnerable, women and children.