Tonga: Cyclone Ron - Jan 1998
Most read reports
- ABC: Tonga says two islands in dire needs of food relief. 5 Feb 1998
- UN DHA: Tonga Cyclone Ron Situation Report No. 1. 27 Jan 1998
- ABC: South Pacific forum releases funds for Fiji cyclone recovery. 6 Feb 1998
The South Pacific Forum Secretariat in Fiji has released ten-thousand dollars from a special disaster fund to help Tonga with its cyclone recovery efforts.
The moves follows a request from Tonga for help in the wake of Cyclone Ron which hit early last month.
The cyclone struck the northern islands of Niuafo'ou and Tafahi, causing widespread damage to buildings and crops.
The authorities in Tonga say the two northern
most islands of the kingdom, hit by tropical Cyclone Ron last month,
will need over 147-thousand dollars in food relief over the next
Radio Tonga says the islands - Niuatoputapu and Niuafo'ou - face a severe food shortage.
It says relief assistance of food, clothes and tents donated by churches, business groups and local communties will be exhausted by end of this month.
The National Disaster Relief Committee estimates a six-month food shortage, beginning next month.