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New Zealand and Australia assist with water for volcano-affected in Temotu

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New Zealand and Australia are assisting with the delivery of relief supplies to communities affected by volcanic activity in Solomon Islands.

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Tinakula volcano in the country's remote Temotu province had what local disaster officials describe as a minor eruption eleven days ago, Radio NZ reported.

On some nearby islands, including in the Reef group, significant volcanic ashfall covered crops and contaminated water supplies.

According to Australia's High Commission in Solomon Islands, an estimated 11,500 people's primary water sources such as tanks, wells and ground water were contaminated.

Australia and New Zealand contributed to a shipment with over 200,000 litres of potable water that embarked for Temotu from Honiara at the weekend.