Government of Tonga provides financial support to affected families and vulnerable groups [EN/TO] – Tonga

Communities devastated by the tsunami triggered after the Hunga Tonga Hunga Ha’apai volcanic eruption on January 15, the elderly and disabled will receive financial support from the government.

This was announced by the Minister of Finance, the Hon. Tatafu Moeaki at St George’s Building during a press conference this afternoon.

Hon. Moeaki said families living in Kanokupolu, ‘Atatā, ‘Otu Mu’omu’a in Ha’apai and other communities that were significantly affected by the disaster last week will each receive 500 Pa’anga dollars.

He said more than 6,000 elderly and disabled people who receive a monthly allowance from the government will also receive 200 Pa’anga dollars.

He said the affected communities that will receive financial support from the government have been confirmed by the initial damage assessment.

Water resources

Health CEO Dr Siale ‘Akau’ola said that after the volcanic eruption people were advised not to drink from the reservoir waters which were not properly covered due to the contamination by ash fall.

He said ground water and rain water were tested by scientists from the Tonga Water Board and according to their report, water tanks that were not properly covered were not contaminated by the falls. of ashes.

Dr. ‘Akau’ola said Ha’apai islands that do not have enough groundwater can boil rainwater for drinking.

Distribution of relief items

Members of the Safety and Protection Cluster, consisting of Tonga Red Cross, Tonga National Youth Congress, Caritas, Tonga Family Health and Tonga Health Association, set up tents in Kanokupolu and distributed food rations , dignity kits and hygiene kits to affected families. Counselors were also available to provide psychosocial support to residents. Relief items were also distributed in Ha’atafu, ‘Ahau, Patangata, Siesia, Makapaeo, Pangaimotu and Lavengamalie.

The Logistics and Coordination Cluster with the support of MORDI Tonga also distributed food packs, hygiene kits, jerry cans, buckets and cooking kits to ‘Eueiki with the support and items of the Security & Protection Cluster.

International humanitarian aid

The Tongan Government has received international humanitarian assistance from the Governments of Australia, New Zealand, Japan and China.

As of January 21, four air force planes had landed in Tonga with relief, three from Australia and one from New Zealand.

The two New Zealand warships HMNZS Wellington and HMNZS Aotearoa arrived in Tonga this afternoon.

Issued by: Ministry of Meteorology, Energy, Information, Disaster Management, Environment, Climate Change and Communications

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