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Cyclone Gita: Tonga begins to rebuild

15 February 2018

Posted in: Pacific Radio News, In The Studio,

Tonga is in to their third day of rebuilding after several parts of the island were battered by Cyclone Gita.

Photo/ John Pulu. 

The category four monster damaged 1250 homes in Tongatapu, the town hall and a few homes in 'Eua and officials are still waiting for assessment results from Ha'apai.

Root crops are destroyed, rooves have been torn off many buildings and some homes are still under flood waters as authorities struggle to get 100 per cent power and water supply across the islands.

Food security, hygiene and sanitation now remain as major concerns for Tonga and the National Emergency Management Office is working together with the New Zealand and Australian Defence Force help deliver essential needs.

Photo/ John Pulu.

Earlier this week, an initial $750,000 aid package was flown to Tonga and Samoa to contribute to relief efforts.

Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters has announced a further $1.5 million will be added to the contribution towards Fiji as well.

NZDF's adviser for Fiji and Tonga, Lieutenant Colonel Josh Wineera, says they're currently supplying aid to the affected communities but assessment of damages is ongoing.

"Information is coming in more regularly now that Gita has passed so we're able to make a number of assessments and prepare those immediate stocks."

Photo/ NZDF.

Interview with Lieutenant Colonel Josh Wineera on Pacific Breakfast

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