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Solomon Islands tsunami 2013


The powerful tsunami claimed 10 lives and more than 4000 people were displaced from their homes. Destructive waves hit the Solomon Islands on 6 February 2013, following an 8.0 magnitude earthquake off the coast.

Red Cross has been assisting many of the more than 4500 people who were affected by the tsunami. More than a third of the population was affected on the remote Temotu Province, which is about 600 kilometres east of Honiara, the capital of the Solomon Islands.

The town of Lata and neighbouring local villages on the island of Santa Cruz were badly hit, with more than 1050 homes damaged or destroyed.

Australian Red Cross is working with Solomon Islands Red Cross and international non government organisations to provide emergency relief, including safe water and sanitation facilities, along with emergency shelter materials. Red Cross has also been helping people to locate missing friends and relatives.

Up to 100 communities have damaged water supplies, including rain-water harvesting systems and wells.

A water treatment unit sent by Australian Red Cross has been providing thousands of litres of safe drinking water for families affected by the tsunami. Safe water has also been trucked to a number of communities. Red Cross is helping communities to restore and build rainwater harvesting systems, as well as installing new water tanks.

Four Australian Red Cross aid workers have been in the region providing support. Two of the aid workers have been on the ground in the Solomon Islands in Temotu and Honiara, while two other aid workers have been supporting response operations from Fiji.

Dozens of communities are also coping with major damage to their food gardens, fruit trees, and food crop seedlings.

The boundaries and names shown and the designations used on this map do not imply official endorsement or acceptance by the United Nations. (Source:ESRI, UNCS)


Australian Red Cross has a longstanding program with Solomon Islands Red Cross, working with communities to prepare for disasters as well as improving community health and supporting better access to safe water and sanitation facilities.

Red Cross supports communities, particularly those most in need, to prepare for, respond to and recover from emergencies.

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Photos: Man Dat Young/WCC Pacific Desk-ACT International, Solomon Islands Red Cross.