Solomon Islands

Solomon Islands: Earthquake and Tsunami- Appeal No. MDRSBOO1 Operations Update No. 2

Situation Report
Originally published


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In Brief

Operations Update no. 2; Period covered: 5 to 10 April 2007; Appeal target: CHF 1,118,250 (USD 819,673 or EUR 615,385); Appeal coverage: 48%(1); Outstanding needs: CHF 582,788 (EUR 359,745, USD 479,266)

Appeal history:

- Preliminary Emergency Appeal launched on 3 April 2007 for CHF 1,118,250 (USD 819,673 or EUR 615,385) for four months to assist 5,000 beneficiaries. A Final Report is expected by 3 November 2007.

- Disaster Relief Emergency Funds (DREF) allocated: CHF 65,000.

Operational Summary:

Numbers of displaced have reduced to 9,000 people, out of which 1,500 are especially vulnerable. A large portion of the displaced population is still living in the hills in fear of future tsunamis, making access to and communication with them difficult. This population is scattered across an estimated 400 communities. The health and food security situation is reportedly stable, however the livelihoods of surviving families have been severely affected through destroyed fishing boats and some damaged vegetable gardens.

The Solomon Islands Red Cross (SIRC) is taking the lead in the operation, reaching out to remote communities spread out across the affected islands. It has conducted tracing activities and managed to link some people in Gizo to family members in New Zealand. The national society further has successfully distributed 13,500 non-food relief items to recipient communities, providing them with basic supplies needed for survival. Assessments are ongoing and data being analyzed to formulate a revised plan of action and budget that takes into account recovery needs.


(1) The appeal coverage in the attached contributions list has yet to be updated to match actual contributions to the appeal, which is more appropriately placed at 48 percent.