The Australian Government is sending two Australian doctors, as part of a New Zealand-led medical team, to Solomon Islands to help with the relief effort following the devastating floods that hit the country last week.

A series of powerful earthquakes over the weekend and a localised tsunami further increased the need for support to the Solomons health system.

The Australian Government is providing a $3 million assistance package to the Solomon Islands Government, NGOs and the United Nations, to respond to crisis.

Yesterday the Australian Government chartered an aircraft for aerial assessments of the worst hit areas.

Over the past nine days since the floods, Australia has taken a leading role in the response, assisting with the immediate needs of people affected by the floods and early recovery efforts.

Four Royal Australian Air Force aircraft have delivered thousands of hygiene kits, water containers, tarps, blankets and mosquito nets which have been distributed in coordination with the National Disaster Management Office and NGOs.

Australia has also provided 40 water tanks to evacuation centres and funded mosquito sprays to reduce the risk of disease.

Australia’s civil-military engineering team and the Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands also continue to assist efforts on the ground.

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