Red cross update as of Sunday 13th April 2014.
• 21 people dead, 2 are missing (revised down by Royal Solomon Islands Police Force)
• There are approximately 9400 people in 21 welfare centres (NDMO figures)
• Approximately 52,000 people have been affected – 12,000 in Honiara and 40,000 in Guadalcanal
Latest Red Cross actions
SIRCS has three Nomad water purification units. Two are set up at Tuvaruhu and one is operating in East Guadalcanal. As of Saturday 12 April we had purified 135,735 litres of water.
Another 54,000 litres of water had been purified by 3.30pm Sunday 13 April. This brings the total amount of water purified since operations began to 189,735 litres.
This is being delivered to all evacuation centres in Honiara City and to two centres on the city boundary. Water distribution will continue to all evacuation centres in Honiara using five 3-tonne trucks.
The third Nomad water purifier that arrived in country this week on a DFAT plane is operating in Nguvia, East Guadalcanal. It is supplying clean drinking water to Nguvia, Correctional Service, Nguvia School, Solrice, Roroni and Soitu.
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 – 2220 total of 1195 20lt and 1025 10lt cans)
• Blankets (SIRCS – 45)
• Hygiene Kits for families (Oxfam – 554)
• Sleeping mats (SIRCS – 122)
• Family Kits (World Vision – 300)
In addition SIRCS has distributed 1000 10-litre collapsible jerry cans to East Guadalcanal communities in parallel with water distribution.
SIRCS completed registrations of displaced people in Honiara from 3-6 April and has passed all data to the Solomon Islands Government.
Much of Guadalcanal remains inaccessible. 15 SIRCS staff and volunteers along with Provincial Disaster Operations Centre staff and other stakeholders are distributing water, water containers and carrying out initial damage assessments in Guadalcanal plains. Target areas are Ngalibiu to Balasuna (wards 18 to 21).
In total 62 SIRCS volunteers and staff are carrying out work in Honiara and Guadalcanal, supported by Red Cross delegates from Fiji, France, Australia and New Zealand, as well as the IFRC.
Red Cross partners
Australian Red Cross
To date, ARC has delivered with support of the Australian Government:
• 1 Nomad water purifier
• 500 tarpaulins
• 499 hygiene kits
• 2016 soap bars
• 4 water bladder and tap stands
• 3 bladder kit onion (10m3)
• 30 squatting plates
• 1 latrine mould
• 1 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
A RNZAF C-130 Hercules landed (4.30pm, 11 April) to offload relief supplies from New Zealand Red Cross including:
• Blanket: 340 pcs
• Shelter Toolkit: 15 sets
• Mosquito Net: 16 pcs
• Kitchen Set: 81 sets
• Tarps 4 x 6m: 205 pcs
• Tarps 3.6 x 6m: 595
RNZAF C-130 Hercules offloaded goods (7 April) for flood relief including:
• 140 shelter kits
• 420 tarpaulins
• 1 tap stand and bladder
• 250 Kitchen sets
• 1000 x 10-litre water containers
The distribution of these goods is continuing.
For those wanting to donate funds to the relief effort, SIRC has opened an account specifically for flood relief. 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.