Saturday, 19 January 2008 12:40 PM

NDMO Seeks Funding for Three Burns Creek Communities and Guadalcanal Plains

The National Disaster Management Office is putting together a request to fund three communities in the Burns Creek area most affected in the days of heavy raining.

NDMO Director, Loti Yates, confirmed in a statement that the request for funding is being prepared and will be handed to the government.

The three areas are Mosquito valley, Highway and Farm area.

People in the community are urged to see how best they can support themselves while they wait on government's response.

"This could take between one to two weeks," Mr. Yates explained.

He said that once government approves funding, the NDMO will work with Honiara City Council and Guadalcanal Provincial Disaster Committee to respond to the needs of the affected communities.

Assistance provided will be in the form of short term food relief and supplies of vegetable seeds.

"Most people there supply the Honiara markets with vegetables, so it's important they get seeds to revive their livelihoods once the current wet weather goes away," he said.

The funding will support the three Burns Creek communities and Guadalcanal communities that have been affected by the recent floods.

Meanwhile, Guadalcanal Province's Disaster Coordinator, Marx Lua, has confirmed that nine Agriculturalists have been dispatched to assess the communities of Northeast Guadalcanal, their report is expected in the next two weeks.