This rapid situation analysis was undertaken by members of the Safety and Protection Cluster whose membership includes:
Ministry of Internal Affairs (MIA)
Ministry of Police
Civil Society Forum of Tonga
Women Children Crisis Center
Tonga National Women and Crisis Center
Ma’a Fafine moe Famili
Tonga Ladies Association
Tonga National Visual Impaired Association
Tropical Cyclone Gita, a Category 4 system reached 110 knots or 220 kilometers per hour passed directly over the Tongatapu and ‘Eua Island group of islands between 12 to 13 February 2018. The cyclone caused extensive damage to personal property, and public infrastructure. The Government of Tonga declared a State of Emergency on 12 February 2018 which remains in force until 12 March 2018.
19th March, 2018 The Grant Contract formalizing the Government of Japan’s assistance to four new Grassroots Human Security Projects in total were signed between H.E Mr. Tetsuya Ishii, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Japan in Tonga, and respective recipients on Thursday, 15 March 2018.
15th March, 2018 Food products worth approximately TOP 30,000 from Griffin’s, an Auckland-based food company were handed over by the Managing Director of Narottam Company Limited Mr. Lopeti Khatri to the Director of NEMO Mr. Leveni ‘Aho yesterday morning at NEMO Warehouse, Vaololoa.
The products include 4,212 packets of Huntley and Palmers Crackers and 2,184 packets of ETA chips.
Mr. Leveni ‘Aho acknowledged the generous support from Griffin’s towards the affected families in Tonga following TC Gita.
Mangrove eco-systems around the region were the focus of talks in Suva, Fiji last week as regional representatives joined experts in discussing how the mangroves eco-systems can help reduce risks in the face of changing climate.
Hosted by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), the workshop combined government representatives from Fiji, Tonga, Vanuatu, Kiribati and the Solomon Islands, who joined the IUCN and three representatives from the ‘Mangroves for the Future’ in Asia and the ‘Global Mangrove Alliance’ partners.