Tropical Cyclone Ian Response Plan



Tropical Cyclone Ian, a Category 5 system with winds over 200 kilometres per hour and gusts around 300 kilometres, was the most powerful storm ever recorded in Tongan waters and passed directly over the northeast islands of Ha’apai. An estimated 5,000 have been directly affected and an estimated 800 homes were destroyed or heavily damaged.

The Government of Tonga and humanitarian and development partners have been providing emergency assistance to affected communities since the beginning of the disaster. Several assessments have been conducted covering impacts on education, housing, agriculture, livelihoods, and water resources. A number of bilateral partners have provided relief items, grants, logistical and technical support. The level of response has been significant, however, the severity of damage will require the government and humanitarian and development partners to continue to mobilize resources to meet priority needs in the months to come.

On 22 January an NEOC decision was made to develop the following three month Response plan to address the immediate and short terms needs of the effected population. The Deputy Prime Minister and NEMO are coordinating the overall response while several line ministries coordinate specific clusters including: Health, Education, WASH, Logistics, Food Security, Safety and Protection, Livelihoods, Public Works, Communications, and Electricity/Power.

This TC Ian Response Plan was developed by the Government of the Kingdom of Tonga and its humanitarian and development partners with a three month timeframe. Based on the needs identified priority areas of the response are in Shelter, Water, Food Security, Education and Safety and Protection. The Plan aims to facilitate coordination of the humanitarian response and early recovery by documenting cluster response plans and identifying gaps/requirements for response. In total, 89 activities have been articulated addressing needs in 11 national clusters.

The immediate requirements over the next three months are TOP 28.4 million of which TOP 23.7 million remains unmet. The total requirements over the next 12-18 months including immediate, recovery and initial reconstruction needs identified are TOP 90.2 million of which TOP 83.4 million remains unmet.