On April 3, an earthquake measuring 8.2 on the Richter scale and ensuing tsunami damaged much of the Gizo Province of the Solomon Islands and killed at least 34 individuals. So far, UNICEF and the Red Cross organizations of the Solomon Islands, Papua New Guinea, New Zealand, and Australia have responded, but all mention a lack of fresh water and the threat of disease.
UNICEF is reporting that USD$500,000 in funding is needed to assist the nearly 50,000 affected people in the area. Nearly 30,000 of this population are children. Donations can be made directly to the UNICEF relief effort.