Friday, April 4, 2014

Solomon Islands calling for assistance and Rotary responds


At least 16 people have died in flooding in the Solomon Islands capital Honiara - and there are fears the death toll will rise as the weather worsens.
The Solomon Islands National Emergency Operations Centre estimate more than ten thousand people are affected.

http://tvnz.co.nz/world-news/flash-floods-cause-devastation-in-solomon-islands-video-5886176 
Rotary in the Solomon Islands have requested help from New Zealand Rotarians as they respond to the devastating floods of the past 24 hours.

Emergency non food items are desperately needed including shelter (tents) and other basics for the many thousands who have lost everything after their homes were swept away.

Rotary New Zealand have tents and emergency response kits on stand by by and have been advised by Rotary in the capital Honiara  that a call from the Solomon Island’s National Disaster Management Office (NDMO) is likely to made following a state of emergency being called.

“Rotary is most often one of the first cabs off the rank in emergencies like this” spokesperson Stuart Batty said. Working with local NDMO, they are able to arrange through their own volunteers and supporters network an immediate response. Rotary New Zealand through their website appeal for cash donations to support the victims of this disaster.

About Rotary New Zealand
Rotary New Zealand (RNZWCS Limited) was registered on 11 December 2003 as a limited liability company to foster confidence with all stakeholders by governing its relationships and giving a clearer picture of its professional approach. With the establishment of a formal Non Governmental Organisation entity, it was granted full membership by the Council for International Development in 2004 and is a member of the NGO Disaster Relief Forum. It has Inland Revenue Charitable Status including Donee Status under Schedule 32 of the Income Tax Act.
www.rnzwcs.org