Solomon Islands

Solomon Islands Earthquake Situation Report 4

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GENERAL INFORMATION

Weeks after two earthquakes struck the Solomon Islands, the Government is drafting plans for the recovery phase. Relief goods continue to be delivered to affected areas, and a health surveillance system is being readied.

HEALTH IMPACT

Around 8 067 people were living in affected areas.

Identified needs continue to be:

- Clean food and safe water

- Sanitation

- Hazard analysis

- Provision of health services to affected people

Casualties

No deaths or serious injuries have been reported as of 22 January 2010.

RESPONSE

Government Response

The Solomon Islands Government is deliberating on recovery plans and coordinating with international and national partners for possible aid in the recovery phase. Shelter and recovery plans will be presented to partners early or mid next week.

International Response

International partners have provided non-food items, water, safe water supplies, sanitation and hygiene items, and assessment support. Concerned governments have also sent financial aid.

WHO Response

WHO is assisting the Ministry of Health (MOH) with the launch of a surveillance system to monitor the health conditions of the affected population. WHO and the MOH are also preparing a campaign for health promotion and disease prevention in affected areas.

Sources

National Disaster Council Situation Report No. 9, 18 January 2010

National Disaster Council Situation Report No. 10, 21 January 2010

For further information please contact:

WHO Solomon Islands Dr William Adu-Krow Country Liaison Officer Tel : (677) 23406 Fax: (677) 21344 Email: adukroww@wpro.who.int

WHO Regional Office Dr Arturo Pesigan Tel: (632) 528 9810 Fax: (632) 528 9072 Email: pesigana@wpro.who.int