World Vision has deployed rapid response teams to the Solomon Islands after a powerful earthquake triggered a tsunami killing at least nine people.
The Christian development agency said the homes of up to 700 families had been damaged or destroyed.
In Lata, the main town on Santa Cruz island, there is no power or running water.
In two coastal communties in the north-east of Lata, World Vision staff report that 90 per cent of homes have been damaged. Schools and churches have also been destroyed or badly damaged.
“Access to clean water and sanitation will be critical in the coming days,” said Jeremiah Tabua, Emergency Response Coordinator for World Vision in the Solomon Islands.
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