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Solomon Islands update

CRS is continuing to respond to the victims of the earthquake and tsunami that struck the Solomon Islands on April 2. The official death toll is 52, with most casualties and greatest damage occurring at Gizo town, a fishing village located about 25 miles from the epicenter. Between 900-2,500 houses have been destroyed in Western and Choiseul provinces, schools have been damaged, and many water tanks are broken or contaminated with sea water.  Around 9,000 people have been affected by the disaster, with approx 1,500 displaced people living in 12 spontaneous camps in the Gizo area. 

CRS is working through Caritas Australia and Caritas Solomon Islands in helping to provide water, shelter, community infrastructure, livelihood support and trauma counseling. We have committed $100,000 to the relief and recovery effort. Isaac Boyd, our shelter and infrastructure technical advisor has been sent from his base in Nairobi to assist with the long task of reconstruction. 

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