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13 Oct 2016 description
report Government of Tonga

The Department of National Emergency Management Office marked the International Day for Disaster Reduction under the theme ‘Live to Tell’ at the Digicel Square this morning.

The Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of MEIDECC, Hon. Siaosi Sovaleni in his keynote address emphasized what Tonga has done to improve its state of awareness and preparations in regard to natural disasters.

23 Jul 2002 description


Note: This updates Fact Sheet #1 dated November 15, 2001


30 May 2002 description
report World Bank

The following project was approved today by the World Bank's Board:

24 May 2002 description

Geneva, 24 May 2002 - ACT partner, Tonga National Council of Churches (TNCC), has commenced implementation of the rehabilitation programme for Victims of Hurricane Waka. The funds received thus far are sufficient to construct 5 hurricane proof houses.

18 Mar 2002 description

CWS is seeking funds to assist the Tonga National Council of Churches as they "hurricane-proof" houses, and build cement water tanks, for 30 of the most vulnerable families -- some 180 people -- whose dwellings were destroyed by Cyclone Waka in December 2001.
For more information, see CWS/IRP Appeal - Tonga/Hurricane Waka.

04 Mar 2002 description


01 Mar 2002 description

On December 30 and 31, 2001, Tropical Cyclone Waka struck the Tongan Islands causing extensive damage to crops, fruit trees, and buildings. Island residents described the cyclone as the worst in living memory. Many widows, elderly persons, and large families with low incomes lost their homes. UMCOR is responding through the Free Wesleyan Church of Tonga and our ecumenical partners to provide hurricane proof homes and water tanks for 30 families that lost their homes in the storm. The cost of each home is just over $7,000.

06 Feb 2002 description

Ref. OCHA/GVA - 2002/0037
OCHA Situation Report No. 3
Tonga -Tropical Cyclone Waka

23 Jan 2002 description

Ref: OCHA/GVA - 2002/0017
OCHA Situation Report No. 2
Tonga - Tropical Cyclone Waka

21 Jan 2002 description

21 JANUARY 2002 PAPE'ETE (Pacnews) -- The Assembly of French Polynesia has approved a US$770,000 aid package for the Kingdom of Tonga to assist the country's recovery from Cyclone Waka.

A team of three experts and technicians made their recommendations to the government after returning late last week from a fact-finding mission to Tonga Gaston Flosse, French Polynesia's President, said Tahiti will send US$154,000 worth of food aid and "loggers" from Tahiti's Department for Rescue Operations.

17 Jan 2002 description

17 JANUARY 2002 SUVA (Pacnews) -- The US Embassy in Fiji has donated US$25,000 to the Tongan Government for cyclone relief.

The US funds will be used primarily to replace foodstuffs destroyed by the storm, said US Charge d'Affaires Ron McMullen. According to Tongan Prime Minister 'Ulukalala Lavaka-Ata, Cyclone Waka was the worst to hit Tonga since 1961..."


Copyright (c) 2002 Pacific Islands Broadcasting Association

11 Jan 2002 description

Joint media statement 11 January 2002

A New Zealand Air Force Hercules will fly to Tonga tomorrow to deliver emergency relief following Cyclone Waka, which struck the islands last week.

Emergency supplies will be distributed to Niuafo'ou and Vava'u, the areas most severely affected by the Cyclone.

Buildings on both island groups, including several schools, have sustained serious damage from Cyclone Waka. In Vava'u, about 300 homes were destroyed and a further 600 damaged.

11 Jan 2002 description

Several grants from the Love in the Midst of Tragedy Advance have been disbursed to assist people affected by the attacks last September and resulting events.

11 Jan 2002 description

Tropical Cyclone Waka battered the South Pacific Kingdom of Tonga with windspeeds of up to 250 km per hour on New Year's Eve, destroying homes and crops, the Tonga Red Cross Society (TRCS) immediately swung into action, distributing plastic sheeting, hurricane lamps, and cooking utensils from its stock of relief items. According to Red Cross/ National Disaster Committee assessments in the Vava'u island group, 300 km north of the Tongan capital of Nuku'alofa, the homes of 320 families have been severely damaged or destroyed, with another 300 to 400 houses partially damaged.

11 Jan 2002 description

Several grants from the Love in the Midst of Tragedy Advance have been disbursed to assist people affected by the attacks last September and resulting events.

08 Jan 2002 description

Hon Phil Goff

New Zealand will provide around NZ$700,000 worth of assistance towards emergency relief and reconstruction on the cyclone-ravaged islands of Vava'u and Niuatoputapu in Tonga said New Zealand Foreign Affairs Minister Phil Goff.

Mr Goff has approved the assistance and the despatch of an RNZAF relief flight to deliver emergency supplies.

"The effects of Cyclone Waka on the northern Tongan islands of Vava'u and the Niuas are the worst in living memory.

04 Jan 2002 description

About 20 tonnes (t) of emergency relief supplies will be transported early tomorrow in a Defence Force Hercules C130 from Australia to Tonga following extensive housing and infrastructure damage caused by Tropical Cyclone Waka on New Year's Eve.

Coordinated by Emergency Management Australia (EMA), the request from the Tongan Government for Federal Government assistance has been approved by Attorney-General Daryl Williams, who is responsible for EMA.

Some 6000 people in the Vavau group of islands in the north of the Kingdom lost their homes when Cyclone Waka passed directly over …

04 Jan 2002 description

The winter storms that have pounded the southeastern part of the United States have left homes currently under construction or rehabilitation in North Carolina without electricity. Electricity is expected to be restored before the next volunteer teams arrive. Much construction remains to be done to complete the recovery from Hurricane Floyd. Volunteer teams are desperately needed.

04 Jan 2002 description

This Information Bulletin is for information only. The Federation is not seeking any funding or other assistance from donors for this operation at this time. Tonga is covered by the Federation's Pacific regional appeal 01.40/02.