SAVE the Children is currently assisting the Guadalcanal Province Emergency Operation Centre (GPEOC) with distribution of relief supplies and assessment of damages in Guadalcanal Province.
Distribution of food supplies to evacuation centres and affected areas in Guadalcanal was conducted on the weekend and continues this week.
Save the Children has been taking part in assessments in affected areas in East and West Guadalcanal.
Assessments in Tandai and Malongo wards have been completed while assessments in other affected areas continue this week.
These assessments are referred to the NDMO and multi-agency groups to inform distributions.
Save the Children last Wednesday handed over Non-food Items (NFI’s) such as tarpaulins, Jerry cans, blankets, baby blankets, nappies and baby kits, buckets, household and kitchen kits to the Guadalcanal Province Emergency Operation Centre (GPEOC).
Save the Children staff are part of the Guadalcanal Educational Authority’s efforts (with Ministry of Education and Human Resource Development) in deploying assessment teams to the immediate affected and accessible schools in Guadalcanal.
In addition, an Australian medical team is providing vital support to Save the Children is currently assisting the Ministry of Health and Guadalcanal Health Division with health assessments and providing medical assistance in East Guadalcanal.
As part of the multi-agency coordination with NDMO, Red Cross, Oxfam and World Vision, Save the Children has distributed NFIs to evacuation centres in Honiara. Staff have also assisted in registration and assessment at evacuation centres in Honiara in the past week.
Save the Children has played a critical role in facilitating the distribution of Australian Aid, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) supplied hygiene kits to the evacuation centres in West Honiara.
As of April 8th, the National Disaster Management Office (NDMO) has estimated that 52,000 people (12,000 in Honiara city and 40,000 in Guadalcanal) have been affected by the flash flooding.
NDMO has reported 21deaths and 9,400 people in evacuation centres.