By Jackie Eager
The Australian Government has announced assistance of $3 million AUD to help with the flooding disaster in Honiara. This much needed support will be used in providing safe drinking water, shelter, food, sanitation and hygiene needs. It includes two Australian Government Rapid Response Team members, engineers and a 12-person Australian Defence Force assistance team. The money will be delivered through Australian NGOs and the Red Cross. You can find the full press release from the Hon. Julie Bishop here.
This news is coupled with the response from New Zealand, which will be providing a further $1.2 million NZD on top of the $300,000 that had already been announced. New Zealand has already delivered supplies including tarpaulins, water containers and medical supplies. The press release from Foreign Affairs Minister Murray McCully can be found here.
There are many places around town, such as the Forum Solomon Islands at the 360Degrees office (next to Lime Lounge), where you can leave donations. Many of the bale shops are having sales due to the flood, including Island Clothing next to Hyundai Mall which is half price until this coming Friday. As well as clothes, other much needed donations are basic hygiene products such as soap, toothpaste, toothbrushes, nappies, and feminine sanitary products.