Thu, 20 July 2017
Last Updated: Thu, 20 Jul 2017 9am
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Update from Red Cross Official death toll: 21 dead, 2 missing

THE flood death toll currently stands at 21, with two missing, according to Solomon Islands Red Cross in a statement issued on Thursday.

Earlier reports suggest 23 people dead and many missing.

But Red Cross said this has been revised down by the Royal Solomon Islands Police Force (RSIPF).

There are approximately 9400 people in 21 welfare centres (NDMO figures).

52,000 people have been affected – 12,000 in Honiara and 40,000 in Guadalcanal

For those wanting to donate funds to the relief effort, SIRC has opened a Solomon Islands bank account.
This can used by overseas donors as well by using this Swift Code: NBSI SBSB

SIRCS Relief Fund
Bank of South Pacific
Acc: 01 9000 1203 05

Clothing - SIRC is accepting donations of CLEAN clothing only to its Chinatown offices 8am-8pm.

Food – SIRCS will NOT accept food donations. All food donations should be delivered to HCC or NDMO.

Latest Red Cross actions – Water

SIRCS has two NOMAD water purification units set up at Tuvaruhu. As of Wednesday night 9 April we had purified 26,000 litres of water.
This has been delivered to Panatina Pavilion, Holy Cross, Mbokonavera, Soap Factory and King George VI School evacuation centres.
Water distribution will continue today to all evacuation centres in Honiara using two 3-tonne trucks.

A third NOMAD water purifier from Red Cross Australia will be uplifted from a DFAT warehouse today.

Total NFIs (non-food items) distributed by Solomon Islands Red Cross so far in Honiara (as part of the multi-agency coordinating committee (Red Cross, Oxfam, World Vision, Save the Children and others)    

  • Jerry cans for families (SIRCS - 1220)
  • Blankets (SIRCS - 45)
  • Hygiene Kits for families (Oxfam – 554)
  • Sleeping mats (SIRCS - 122)
  • Family Kits (World Vision - 300)

SIRCS has completed registrations of displaced people in Honiara and is sharing this information with Government and other agencies.

Much of Guadalcanal remains inaccessible. 15 SIRCS staff and volunteers are distributing water, water containers and doing damage assessments in Guadalcanal plains.

A trained SIRCS emergency response team is with them. Target areas are Ngalibiu to Balasuna (wards 18 to 21).

In total 60 SIRCS volunteers and staff are carrying out the work in Honiara and Guadalcanal, supported by delegates from French, Australian, and New Zealand Red Cross national societies and IFRC.  

Last night ARC delivered one NOMAD water purifier, 500 tarpaulins, 499 hygiene kits, 2016 soap bars, four water bladder and tap stands, three bladder kit onion (10m3), 30 squatting plates, one latrine sanplat box, one bag aluminium sulphate (25kg).  

New Zealand Government
RNZAF C-130 Hercules arrived in the Solomons on the evening of Monday 7 April, offloading 14 passengers including representatives from NZDF (engineers, medic, signals, environmental health), NZ Government (Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade MFAT staff), MOH medical specialist to support the National Referral Hospital Public Health Expert, representatives from New Zealand Red Cross, Save the Children and World Vision.

New Zealand Red Cross
RNZAF C-130 Hercules also offloaded goods for flood relief including:

  • 140 shelter kits (NZRC)
  • 420 tarpaulins (NZRC)
  • 1 tap stand and bladder (NZRC)
  • 250 Kitchen sets (NZRC)
  • 1000 x 10-litre water containers (NZRC)
  • 1000 x 10-litre water containers (MFAT)
  • Medical supplies (MFAT)

These goods are being distributed to affected people in evacuation centres.

The SIRCS Emergency Operations Centre returned to its Chinatown offices on Thursday.

It will no longer operate from Honiara Hotel.

SIRCS would like to thank the Honiara Hotel and its staff for their help during this emergency relief operation.

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