The death toll from the Solomon Islands earthquake and tsunami has risen to 39 and is likely to climb sharply in the next few days, an aid agency has said.
Martin Thomas, a spokesman for World Vision, said on Sunday that the toll would rise further as reports filter back from the remote islands in the Pacific archipelago.
"It's difficult to be sure of the numbers because the teams are still out there collecting information," Thomas said.
"They're finding freshly-dug graves when they go into villages but because of the situation they're not in a position to carry out a census."
At least 6,000 were left homeless and 1,000 homes destroyed in Monday's 8.0-magnitude earthquake and the subsequent tsunami, Thomas said.
"The figures will rise when we gather all the information and complete the picture and we're in the process of doing that now," he said in Gizo, one of the worst-hit towns that is now the base for international relief efforts.
Helicopters continued to buzz in and out of Gizo, the region's main population centre, as aid workers delivered supplies and medical care to outlying islands.
The International Red Cross and other aid groups have deemed basic latrines and water purification systems as top priority, in a frantic bid to stop the spread of disease.
Thousands of villagers were still huddled in unhygienic refugee camps in the hills above their ruined towns on Sunday, too frightened to come down.
Güncelleme Tarihi: 20 Eylül 2018, 18:16