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22 Feb 2018 description
map UNOSAT

Damage Assessment of Fua amotu town and airport, Tongatapu Island, Tonga

22 Feb 2018 description
  • The Government of Tonga has published a Response Plan stipulating that around EUR 20 million would be needed to help the authorities recover access to electricity and potable water, as well as to repair road networks. The plan generally focuses on large-scale infrastructures.

  • Latest analysis confirms humanitarian needs in the following sectors: shelter and NFIs, water and sanitation, health, food security and livelihoods and protection. Although it is clear that the needs in those sectors are significant, there are still information gaps and contradictory data.

22 Feb 2018 description
report World Bank

Nuku’alofa, February 22, 2018 – Following the severe impact of Tropical Cyclone Gita, the World Bank has now begun work to support the government of Tonga, which is leading a _Rapid Damage Assessment_ to assist with recovery and reconstruction planning in the coming months.

21 Feb 2018 description

This map illustrates satellite-detected building damage assessment as of 16 February 2018, over the towns of Nukuleka, Hoi, Mua and Alaki, Tonga, following the passage of the tropical cyclone GITA-18. The analysis was conducted using post-event Pleiades images and a pre-event WorldView-3 image as of 12 January 2018. In total, 662 buildings were detected as potentially damaged. According to pre-event building footprints provided by Humanitarian OpenStreet Map, this represents ~46% of the total number of buildings present in the area.

21 Feb 2018 description

Cyclone Gita hit the Pacific island nations of Fiji and Tonga last week, causing widespread destruction and flooding in Tonga

By Charlotte Greenfield

WELLINGTON, Feb 20 (Reuters) - New Zealand's national carrier on Tuesday cancelled all flights in and out of the capital, Wellington, and the southern city of Christchurch declared a state of emergency as the remnants of tropical cyclone Gita pummelled the country.

Read more on the Thomson Reuters Foundation

21 Feb 2018 description

Tropical Cyclone Gita passed through the Kingdom of Tonga just 40 km from the capital city of Nuku’alofa as a Category 4 cyclone, with winds up to 200 km per hour. Over 78,000 people were affected in Tongatapu and 'Eua islands.

The Government response focuses on providing life-saving services and equipment to rebuild everyone’s lives with dignity. Operational priorities focus on the provision of clean water, vector control, access to health and education, waste management and the restoration of power to allow all evacuated families to return to their homes.

21 Feb 2018 description

Suva, 21 February 2018 – The European Commission has mobilised its emergency assistance tools following significant damage caused by tropical cyclone Gita in the South Pacific, in particular the islands of Tonga.

20 Feb 2018 description
map UNOSAT

This map illustrates satellite-detected building damage assessment as of 13 February 2018, over the northeastern part of Tongatapu Island, Tonga, following the passage of the tropical cyclone GITA-18. The analysis was conducted using post-event WorldView-2 images and pre-event WorldView-3 images as of 12 January 2018. A total of 548 buildings were detected as damaged (~43%) over the area of interest. The villages of Navutoka and Manuka were also affected by flooding in a number of neighborhoods. The overall estimated damage level is classified as severe.

20 Feb 2018 description

The European Commission has mobilised its emergency assistance tools following significant damage caused by tropical cyclone Gita in the South Pacific, in particular the islands of Tonga.

20 Feb 2018 description
report Government of Tonga

This situation report, released by the National Emergency Management Office is to inform its operational partners on the current situation of the impacts of TC Gita in Tonga. This Situation report covers the period stated above. Frequency of reports will depend on availability of new information and evolving operation.

Highlights:

  • As of 20/2: information collated from TRSC and NEMO show 1991 households were either partially damage or destroyed. Data is still coming in from the communities

20 Feb 2018 description

Situation overview

Tropical Depression (TD07) was named as Tropical Cyclone Gita on 10 February 2018. TC Gita started as a Cat 1 near Wallis and Futuna, passed through Samoa as a Cat 2 on 10 February, Niue on 11 February, Tonga as a Cat 4 on 12 February and the Southern Lau group of Fiji as Cat 4 on February 13.

20 Feb 2018 description

Tropical Cyclone Gita has caused severe damage in the Pacific. It made landfall in Tonga during the night of Monday 12 February as a destructive category 4 storm, causing severe damage to the capital Nuku'alofa.

Almost 1500 homes have been partially destroyed and close to 300 have been destroyed. Over 4500 people are currently displaced in evacuation centres.

The cyclone also hit Samoa on Saturday 10 February as a category 2 storm.  Both governments have declared a state of emergency.

19 Feb 2018 description

OVERVIEW

Tropical Cyclone Gita passed through the Kingdom of Tonga just 40 km from the capital city of Nuku’alofa as a Category 4 cyclone, with winds up to 200 km per hour. The islands of Tongatapu and 'Eua were affected.

The National Emergency Management Office of the Kingdom of Tonga has conducted an initial needs assessment. Tongan emergency services are fully deployed to support immediate response and recovery. Information on damages in ‘Eua will be included following assessment.

19 Feb 2018 description
  • Tropical Cyclone GITA continued moving south, weakening. On 19 February at 6.00 UTC, its was located 1 300 km north-west of Westport (South Island, New Zealand) and had maximum sustained winds of 93 km/h (Tropical Storm).
  • Over the next 24 hours, it might continue heading toward New Zealand and its centre may pass over or close Westport city on 20 February morning UTC. Heavy rain, strong winds and storm surge could affect New Zealand on 19-21 February.
19 Feb 2018 description

Tropical Cyclone Gita, a category 4 cyclone, struck Tonga on 12 and 13 February 2018, causing widespread destruction on the main island of Tongatapu, including the capital of Nuku’alofa, and the neighboring island of ‘Eua.

“The Government’s early warning actions and immediate response efforts are impressive. They clearly show the importance of preparedness and have no doubt contributed to reducing the impact of Tropical Cyclone Gita on human lives,” Ms. Lubrani said during her visit to Tonga.

19 Feb 2018 description
report Government of Tonga

This situation report, released by the National Emergency Management Office is to inform its operational partners on the current situation of the impacts of TC Gita in Tonga. This Situation report covers the period stated above. Frequency of reports will depend on availability of new information and evolving operation.

Highlights/Issues

  • Information collated show all was affected; 1559 households are either partially damage or destroyed and expected to increase

  • Completion of first distribution of relief aid at Eua

18 Feb 2018 description
report UN Children's Fund

Highlights

• On 14 February, the Government of Tonga requested UN support, through the humanitarian cluster system, to respond to the severe Tropical Cyclone (TC) Gita that hit Tonga on the night of 12-13 February as a Category 4 system. In Tonga, to date, there are 108 evacuation centres for 4,500 evacuees, including 1,225 affected families in Tongatapu and 264 affected families in Eua.

17 Feb 2018 description
  • On 17 February, a DG ECHO expert arrived in Nuku'alofa city and already met different relief organisations. The DG ECHO expert mission's objective is to assess the extent of needs and potential gaps in the response with an aim of recommending an appropriate humanitarian support to the affected populations in Tonga.