NGOs respond to Solomon Islands tsunami
"We're hearing that people are in need of water, food and tents"
New Zealand-based Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) are rapidly assessing needs, but this is being made difficult due to poor communications.
"It is important that all international responses are based on real needs and on what is necessary to supplement local capacity, and it is vital that the needs of women and girls are given special consideration" says Ms Julian. "Local needs and capacity are currently being assessed to ensure aid is appropriately targeted."
The 8.1 magnitude earthquake and three-metre tsunami struck Gizo and a number of other locations in Western Province, Solomon Islands, yesterday morning.
The official death toll has reached 10, but it's likely that the toll could rise as more information comes to hand. Some reports say between 50,000 and 60,000 people have been injured.
Witnesses say buildings in Gizo have been destroyed and there has been significant destruction in villages near the town. Power is still off but telephones are working. A number of nearby islands have also been affected.
The following New Zealand-based organisations are running appeals to assist those affected by the crisis.
Christian World Service (CWS): 0800 74 73 72
Caritas Aotearoa New Zealand: 0800 22 10 22
World Vision New Zealand: 0800 800 776
ChildFund New Zealand: 0800 223 111
Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA): 0800 4999 111
Oxfam New Zealand: 0900 600 20
UNICEF NZ: 0800 800 194
Rotary New Zealand: PO Box 20309, Christchurch
Save the Children NZ: 0800 167 168
For more information contact Rae Julian, CID Executive Director, Tel 04 496 9615 or 021 708 288.