The Republic of China (Taiwan) today has donated SB$2 million worth of relief assistance towards recovery efforts in Solomon Islands following last week’s deadly floods that killed at least 23 people and left thousands of people homeless.

Delivering the assistance in Honiara today, ROC Ambassador Victor Te-Sun Yu said the assistance will be channeled through the National Disaster Management Office (NDMO) to support victims and affected communities.

Ambassador Yu said the money has been wired today from the Federal Reserve Bank of New York through the Central Bank of Solomon Islands.

The assistance comprise of 50 tons of rice valued at around SB$550,000 which will arrive from Taiwan later this month together with an emergency medical team made up of 2 doctors and a nurse. The team is expected start work immediately on arrival to provide health services to victims living in evacuation centres.

Ambassador Yu also conveyed on behalf of President Ma Ying-jeou and the Government and people of Taiwan profound sympathies and heartfelt condolences to the victims and people affected by the devastating disaster.

Meanwhile, the Minister for Environment, Climate Change, Disaster Management and Meteorology Hon Bradley Tovosia has thanked Taiwan for standing besides Solomon Islands during these difficult times.

Mr Tovosia said the Solomon Islands Government remains committed to work closely with Taiwan to advance common interests for both countries.

 Press Release, GCU