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ACNS3253 ERD Aids Solomon Islands Following Cyclone

From "Anglican Communion News Service" <>
Date Sun, 12 Jan 2003 21:44:00 -0000

ACNS 3253     |     MELANESIA	  |	13 JANUARY 2003

ERD Aids Solomon Islands Following Cyclone

Episcopal Relief and Development is assisting victims in the Diocese of
Temotu after Cyclone Zoe hit the Solomon Islands. The Category 5 cyclone
struck the South Pacific islands hitting Tikopia and Anuta the hardest with
winds of 200 mph on December 28 and 29, 2002. There were no casualties
reported because many residents fled to mountain hideouts and caves for
shelter. Tikopia and Anuta have an estimated combined population of 3,700.
Many homes were flattened and vegetation was destroyed. At least two
villages, Ravenga and Namo, were completely destroyed.

"There was also some damage to the water supply system with some water
sources contaminated by dead leaves and debris giving off a foul smelling
water with non-contaminated water supply available on the islands," says the
Most Revd Sir Ellison Pogo, Archbishop of Melanesia.

Episcopal Relief and Development is assisting residents on the islands
through a $20,000 emergency grant to the Diocese of Temotu to provide food,
clothing, bedding, cooking utensils, and building materials.

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