18 Apr 2014

Getting people out of camps main priority in Solomons

2:08 pm on 18 April 2014

Two weeks after floods devastated communities in Solomon Islands, the government and authorities are prioritising the repatriation of flood victims.

The Director of the National Disaster Management Office, Loti Yates, says the majority of affected families are subsistence farmers whose crops were destroyed by the floods.

He says helping them get back on their feet will be much easier if they return to their villages.

"If we can get them to voluntarily agree to go back to their communities we could start clearing out the camps so we could also have schools starting and then any support that is forthcoming from the donors will come to them when they are in their villages rather than going to them in the camps."

The Director of the National Disaster Management office, Loti Yates