21 Dec 2016

Solomon Islands calls for targeted response to recent quakes

From , 4:03 pm on 21 December 2016

Disaster authorities in Solomon Islands are calling for a targeted approach to emergency response and recovery in the wake of a major earthquake.

A 7.8 magnitude quake struck a fortnight ago off of Makira Island in the country's south.

Around 10,000 people are believed to have been affected with several hundred buildings destroyed across three provinces.

But the director of the National Disaster Management Office Loti Yates told Koroi Hawkins Solomon Islands will not be requesting additional international assistance with the initial emergency response.

 This mother from Manitawaniuhi Village cooking breakfast for her kids when the roof of their fell on top of her and a child she was carrying.

This mother from Manitawaniuhi Village was cooking breakfast for her kids when the roof fell on top of her and a child she was carrying during the 7.8 magnitude quake which struck Solomon Islands on 9 December. Photo: Supplied / World Vision