Air Force delivering aid to Solomon Islands

Last updated 16:26 06/04/2014

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An Air Force Hercules will deliver aid to the flood ravaged Solomon Islands as the death toll rises.

Foreign Minister Murray McCully said there were now 21 confirmed deaths and significant numbers of displaced persons in evacuation centres across Honiara.

A RNZAF C-130 Hercules will leave New Zealand tomorrow morning carrying relief supplies and emergency response staff from New Zealand government agencies and non-government organisations.

New Zealand police on deployment as part of the Regional Assitance Mission to the Solomon Islands are already assisting.

"Our thoughts are with the people of Solomon Islands as they come to terms with the loss of life and damage caused by the flooding," McCully said.

New Zealand is providing an initial $300,000 in emergency funding which went to World Vision and Oxfam who are distributing essential supplies.

"We will continue to work with the authorities in Solomon Islands and further support will be considered as the full extent of the damage becomes clear," McCully said.

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