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03 Aug 2017 description

The World Bank says it is working closely with Tonga's government to investigate missing cyclone funding worth over 600-thousand US dollars.

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21 Apr 2017 description
report World Bank, GFDRR

GFDRR supports governments in designing financial protection strategies and instruments to respond to natural disasters. The Disaster Risk Financing and Insurance Program (DRFIP) leads the dialogue on financial resilience as a component of the World Bank’s support to countries in better managing disasters and climate shocks. The initiative connects financial expertise with risk management across many sectors, bringing countries comprehensive solutions and helping them to become more effective in managing their own risk.

13 Apr 2017 description

More Pacific countries will now able to get immediate cash injections after major disasters under the latest developments under a Pacific disaster risk insurance facility.

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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.

01 Apr 2016 description
report Government of Tonga

1st April 2016 The Government of Japan and the Tonga Red Cross celebrated a new constructed multipurpose training center in Ha’apai on Wednesday.

The Japanese Ambassador to Tonga, His Excellency Mr. Yukio Numata attended the handover ceremony in Ha’apai along with the Governor of Ha’apai Hon. Mo’ale Finau, Secretary General of Tonga Red Cross Society Mr. Sione Taumoefolau and the Deputy CEO for the Ministry of Finance Natalia Latu.

29 Feb 2016 description

HA’APAI, TONGA – The Prime Minister of Tonga, ʻAkilisi Pōhiva, Asian Development Bank (ADB) Vice-President, Stephen P. Groff, and New Zealand High Commissioner to Tonga, Sarah Walsh, today participated in an opening ceremony and formal handover of schools rebuilt and refurbished after they were damaged by Cyclone Ian in 2014.

04 Feb 2016 description
report Government of Tonga

3rd February 2016 Tonga will be benefit from state-of the art techniques that allow them to assess risks from natural disasters such as tropical cyclones and earthquakes under the assistance provided under the joint Pacific Catastrophe Risk Assessment and Financing Initiative (PCRAFI) .

PCRAFI assists participants from line Ministries, especially the Ministry of Finance and the National Emergency Management Office (NEMO), in risk modelling and risk profiling.

That will help government draw up risk reduction measures.

01 Oct 2015 description

Some homes that have been re-built in central Tonga following Cyclone Ian may have to be demolished because they didn't meet certain criteria.

Read the full article on Radio New Zealand International.

05 Aug 2015 description

This issue of the Pacific Economic Monitor updates the 2015 and 2016 GDP growth and inflation projections for ADB's Pacific developing member countries. The policy briefs included in this issue focus on disasters in the Pacific.


Highlights from this issue of the Pacific Economic Monitor include the following:

10 Jul 2015 description
report UN Women

Executive Summary:

Men, women, boys and girls face different risks and have different priorities and needs in humanitarian settings. Pacific women are also subject to pre-existing and systemic inequalities, which impede their ability to survive and recover from disasters. These include high levels of gender-based violence, barriers to women’s meaningful representation in decision-making forums, formal and informal obstacles to women’s access to productive resources and information, and deficiencies in essential service provision for vulnerable groups.

23 Jun 2015 description


According to the World Risk Index 2014, the Pacific has four (Vanuatu, Tonga, Solomon Islands and Papua New Guinea) of the top ten countries at greatest risk. Vanuatu is at the top of the list. In previous years, Fiji was also included among the top ten.

22 Jun 2015 description


The Pacific Region had nine major emergencies between November 2013 and June 2014.The 2014 - 2015 cyclone season has been one of the most active in terms of the number and intensity of cyclones, as well as the length of season. A total of 9 cyclones were observed with five of these having significant humanitarian consequences.

10 Jun 2015 description
report Government of Tonga

10 june 2015 A team of Tonga Power staff, visited Ha’apai and donated a total of 620 solar lanterns to families in ‘Uiha, Ha’ano, Mo’unga’one and Lofanga.

Sione Pongi, Tonga Power’s Project Manager and Tonga Power’s Project Engineer, Viliami Ongosia have been managing the distribution of the technology as well as explaining its proper use.

03 Jun 2015 description
report Government of Tonga

02 June 2015 Official handover of disaster equipment received under the Non-project Grant Aid (NPGA) for the Provision of Japanese SME’s Products 2013 at the NEMO office.

28 May 2015 description

Tonga has the world’s third highest level of risk to disasters,with the effects of climate change increasing their frequency and intensity. This poses serious threats to people, the environment and livelihoods in Tonga - especially for communities on the outer islands who are often most vulnerable to climate change and disasters.

21 May 2015 description

20 May, 2015, Nukualofa, Tonga - Understanding the role of the Meteorological Service and the terminology used when sharing information is at the core of training that opened in Tonga today.

With the changing weather patterns and climate, the role of the weather in the day to day activities of Pacific island communities is crucial. This is the basis for work underway to help Met Services across the region to become better communicators, and for communities to be better informed.

28 Apr 2015 description

The reconstruction and renovation of primary schools in the Tongan islands of Ha'apai has finally begun more than a year after Cyclone Ian devastated the area.

Read more on Radio New Zealand International.

24 Apr 2015 description
report Government of Tonga

23 April 2015 The Governor of Ha’apai, Hon Mo’ale Finau was the guest of honour in the handing over ceremony of six (6) completed two-room cyclone houses on Saturday 7th of March, 2015 at ‘Uiha, Ha’apai.

24 Apr 2015 description
report Government of Tonga

24 April 2015 TONGAN On Wednesday 22 April 2015, contract for reconstruction and renovation of the Government Primary Schools in the isalands of Mo'unga'one, Ha'ano, Lofanga and 'Uiha were signed betweeen Ministry of Infrastructure (MOI) and the three selected contractors.