The Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) has dispatched emergency relief supplies to the Kingdom of Tonga following the cyclone which swept through the country early this month.
Emergency goods to the value of 13 million JPY – including 600 jerry cans and 30 water tanks – were dispatched from JICA’s Singapore warehouse and arrived at Tongatapu Airport in Nukuʻalofa, the capital city of the country, on the evening of 23rd January. The goods have been immediately transported by Tongan army vehicles to a warehouse of the National Emergency Management Office, Government of Tonga (NEMO).
A handover ceremony of the emergency supplies took place at the NEMO’s warehouse at 9:30 am (local time) on the 24th January. Attendees from Tonga included Hon. Samiu Kuita Vaipulu, Deputy Prime Minister and Mr. Leveni 'Aho, Director of the National Emergency Management Office. It was also attended by Mr. Tetsumi Murata, Counsellor, Charge d' Affaires ad interim, Embassy of Japan and Mr Hiroshi Kikawa, Resident Representative of JICA Tonga Office.
During the ceremony, Deputy Prime Minister Samiu Vaipulu expressed his deep gratitude for effective and prompt assistance to resolve difficulties in securing drinking water that the country is facing in the aftermath of the disaster.
In response, Counsellor Murata said that he hoped the relief goods would be delivered to those affected by the cyclone as soon as possible and be utilised for the people in need.
The supplies have been shipped from Tongadabu to Ha'apai and arrived at the affected area on 25th January.