Solomon Islands recovering from deadly earthquake and tsunami

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Solomon Islands

Nine people died and 3,500 others were displaced after an earthquake and tsunami hit the Solomon Islands this week, the UN humanitarian affairs office (OCHA) reports.

Initial reports say Wednesday's disaster damaged or destroyed 431 homes in remote Temotu Province in the far east of the country.

Water supply in the provincial capital was also damaged, affecting upwards of 2,000 people.

OCHA says two patrol boats carrying medical personnel and relief supplies have been deployed to the area.

The Solomon Islands, located in the Pacific region, has a population of approximately 523,000 people. It consists of more than 900 islands where over 80 different local languages and dialects are spoken.

Dianne Penn, United Nations.

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