Solomon Islands

Solomon Islands: Food supply for people of Tikopia and Anuta

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HONIARA, Solomon Islands (PFnet News) -- Relief food supply is on its way to the people of Tikopia and Anuta islands in the Temotu Province.

The National Disaster Management Office, NDMO Honiara told SIBC news that an Australian Navy landing craft left Honiara yesterday for Tikopia and Anuta via provincial capital, Lata.

Assistant Director of NDMO, Martin Karani revealed that 64 tones of rice from Honiara are onboard the landing craft.

It is expected that the vessel will call in at the provincial capital, Lata to collect local food, and an officer of the National Disaster Management Office before sailing to Tikopia and Anuta.

Meanwhile, Karani revealed that the Disaster Management Office has been unable to send building materials for the Clinic and Staff House on Tikopia on the landing craft because its a small vessel.

He however adds that the building material will be sent on the first available ship to Tikopia and Anuta.

Karani conveyed thanks from the Disaster Management Office to AusAID for the food supply, and also appreciation to the Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands, RAMSI for their help in providing the landing craft to take the food to the people of Tikopia and Anuta.

Cyclone Zoe devastated the two islands in January this year, during which food crops on the islands were destroyed.