Tropical Cyclone Ian hit Tonga on January 10, 2014. The category four cyclone brought winds of up to 270km/h as it passed over the Pacific island nation, causing complete destruction to the northern islands of Ha’apai.
In the five months since the cyclone, Oxfam has made a positive impact in the lives of those who were hit hardest, thanks to the generosity of our supporters and the New Zealand Aid Programme.
Oxfam and our partner, the Tonga National Youth Congress (TNYC), are working hard to ensure that the people of Tonga can recover as quickly as possible.
In the immediate aftermath of the cyclone, Oxfam launched a three-pronged response: enabling access to safe water, ensuring sanitation needs are met, and helping people recover their livelihoods so they can earn a living and support themselves and their families. Our response focused on the areas of Mo’unga’one, Muitoa, Ha’ano, Pukotala, Fakakakai and Lotofoa. Oxfam is the only external partner still working on the ground with the TNYC team in Ha’apai to complete the Cyclone Ian disaster response.
Oxfam’s disaster relief programme has achieved some significant results: damaged latrines have been repaired and drinking water needs have been met. Three Virgin Coconut Oil (VCO) sites have been repaired and VCO is in production again, meaning people have resumed earning a living.