19 Jun 2015

Speed of Kiribati cyclone aid delivery queried

3:25 pm on 19 June 2015

A Kiribati opposition MP says he is disappointed with the progress of aid delivery and recovery on the islands of Tamana and Arorae which were badly hit by Cyclone Pam in March.

Alexander Teabo has told the Kiribati Independent that the government has not done its part because it failed to declare a state of emergency for these islands.

Mr Teabo says government spent its time campaigning against climate change, but when the two islands were hit, it was not there to give assistance and it wasn't prepared.

In contrast, he says, the government of Tuvalu declared a state of emergency.

The Vice President, Teima Onorio, earlier told parliament that the government has complied with its policy, assessing and inspecting the damaged areas before aid was sent.

Kiribati damaged causeway 16x10

Kiribati damaged causeway 16x10 Photo: Supplied

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