Whilst aid money keeps pouring into the country for victims of the tsunami disaster, people in Ranongga Island, Western Province are claiming to be in desperate need for relief assistance.

Mr Fangaria, Public Relations officer of Ranongga Disaster Fundraising Committee, says despite the enormous relief assistance provided by the international and local community, many victims still do not have access to the assistance.

Mr Fangaria cited the unavailability of tents to so many victims in Ranongga Island whose homes were washed away by the tsunami waves as an example. Mr Fangaria says there is an enormous need for tents for shelter, but he says unfortunately they have not been able to get access to the supply of tents.

Mambo Fangaria stated that leaders and members of communities from Ranongga living in the capital Honiara have decided to fundraise themselves in an effort to provide direct assistance to their people.

Fangaria says the committee raised fifteen thousand dollars in its first fundraising attempt in Honiara at the weekend.

He appeals to the people of Ranongga Island and members of the public to support the committee's fundraising efforts which he says will continue within the months ahead.