The death toll from the earthquake-triggered tsunami that destroyed villages and 700 homes in the Solomon Islands has risen to at least six, with four others missing, a government official said Thursday.
A photo provided by Christian aid group World Vision shows tsunami-damaged houses in the Lata area.
Multiple aftershocks continued to rattle the islands a day after an 8.0-magnitude quake triggered the waves on Wednesday, the U.S. Geological Survey reported, but so far there hasn't been a report of another tsunami.
Among the hardest-hit areas is the provincial capital of Lata, in Temotu Province, which has a population of about 3,000.
Loti Yates, director of the National Disaster Management Office in Honiara, the South Pacific nation's capital, confirmed six fatalities and four missing. He said Lata's airfield has been largely cleared of water and debris and added that emergency teams have begun to arrive in the region.
Christian aid organization World Vision, which is active in the affected area, said at least eight people died. The Associated Press reported nine confirmed deaths, quoting a government spokesman. One young child and an elderly couple are among the dead, according to hospital workers.
Source: Wall Street Journal | ENDA CURRAN