The National Disaster Management Office Program Officer Julian Maka'a stated that at least 36,588 people were affected by the tsunami disaster.

Maka'a revealed these latest figures during a presentation to delegates at the PINA conference in Honiara on Friday.

Maka'a also revealed that 3,241 homes were destroyed and an additional 3047 homes damaged. Maka'a says the relief phase is winding down and the recovery phase is now well underway.

Maka'a stated that the latest figures would assist in the recovery phase. Maka'a says that it is important to gauge the number of buildings, schools and villages destroyed since funds coming in would go towards the rebuilding of such infrastructure.