21st September 2018 A one-day workshop on TC Gita Emergency Preparedness and Response after Action Review was opened this morning at Tanoa International Dateline Hotel seeking to capture stakeholders’ perspectives on Disaster Risk Management arrangements regarding preparedness, warning, response and early recovery efforts from the cyclone.
The training is facilitated by the UNDP and organized by MEIDECC’s National Emergency Management Office.
A Deliberate Planning Conference on Disaster Planning and Preparedness was opened by the CEO for MEIDECC Mr. Paula Ma’u this morning at the Tanoa International Dateline Hotel. The four-day conference is jointly hosted by the National Emergency Management Office (NEMO), His Majesty’s Armed Forces (HMAF) and the Nevada National Guard.
12th September, 2018 The Government of Japan and the Government Primary School of Hofoa celebrated the completion of their new classroom building, funded through Japan’s Grant Assistance for Grass-Roots Human Security Projects, GGP on Friday 7 September, 2018.
When storms pass over the island of Tongatapu, Tonga there are no areas that are particularly protected, no big hills that might offer shelter from the prevailing wind.
Nauru, 04 September 2018- The European Union (EU) has today endorsed the mobilization of EUR 2 million (TOPS 5.3 million) to the Kingdom of Tonga to support recovery efforts following the significant damage caused by tropical cyclone Gita in February of this year.
“When the cyclone finally arrived, we were all huddled in the house. The cyclone strength was getting stronger and stronger, and the damages started in the kitchen.”
“The next morning, we saw the complete devastation in front of us. The roof was completely destroyed. All the doors and windows were completely damaged. The walls had collapsed because of the fallen roof. We all stood in shock, crying and holding on to each other,” recalls Sesalina Vaiangina, 45, of Makaunga, Tonga after Tropical Cyclone (TC) Gita devastated her island.
22nd August, 2018 The Grant Contract formalizing the Government of Japan’s assistance to three new Grassroots Human Security Projects were signed between H.E Mr. Tetsuya Ishii, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Japan in Tonga, and respective recipients on Tuesday, 21 August 2018.
Today, Tonga launches its revised Joint National Action Plan on Climate Change and Disaster Risk Management. Also referred to as ‘JNAP2’, the plan plays a central role in guiding the government’s continuous efforts to build resilience to climate change and minimize disaster risks.
16th August, 2018 A seven-day exercise aimed to support and strengthen Tonga’s emergency response capacity was opened this morning by the Minister for MEIDECC Hon Poasi Tei at Tanoa International Dateline Hotel.
Dubbed as Exercise Longreach the drill includes a two-day workshop, a table-top exercise at the National Emergency Management Office operation’s room and His Majesty’s Armed Forces headquarters.
10th August,2018 **The Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Tourism, Hon. Semisi Kioa Lafu Sika and the Chinese Ambassador to Tonga HE Mr. Wang Baodong signed a handover certificate of 110 waters tanks worth over $100,000 US (800, 000 RMB), yesterday afternoon at St. George Building.**
The donation is part of the cyclone recovery package from the Dongguan Municipal Government, Guangdong Province China assistance to Tonga in the wake of TC Gita.
Tonga's Director of Meteorology says coordination needs to improve in the region when it comes to cyclone warnings.
Read more on Radio New Zealand International
01st August, 2018 The Chief Executive Officer for the Ministry of MEIDECC, Mr. Paula Ma’u signed twelve (12) contracts last Friday 27th July, 2018 with suppliers and communities to mark the beginning of another implementation stage of the Climate Change Trust Funds (CCTF) program.
The agreements with the suppliers include four contracts with the Pacific Timber & Hardware Tonga (PTH), two contracts with Jones Industries Ltd.
The contracts are to supply building materials only, and the communities will supply in-kind and labourers to complete the work.
24th July 2018 The Climate Resilience Sector Project (CRSP) Evacuation Road in ‘Eua will be completed in three months.
National Road Engineer from the CRSP PIU Mr. Nikolasi Palu, who is currently in ‘Eua supervising the work said the work is a one year contract.
“This work was supposed to be completed in July 21st but due to damages caused by Cyclone Gita and the recent heavy rain we’ve asked for another three months to complete the work and also construction of a drainage system.”
WASHINGTON, July 18, 2018 – Thousands of students in the Pacific Island of Tonga will be safer from natural disasters thanks to upgraded school buildings, supported by an additional US$14.95 million project approved today by the World Bank’s Board of Executive Directors. The funding will extend the Pacific Resilience Program’s support to the government of Tonga in delivering early warning systems, resilient investments, and financial protection against natural disasters.
The wait for assistance after Cyclone Gita is adding to the stress of Tongans who suffered losses in the February storm, an NGO says.
Read the full story on Radio New Zealand International.
17th July 2018 The Safety and Protection Cluster was allocated $300,000.00TOP from the National Emergency Recovery Committee (NERC) to address psychosocial support and to enact social provisions that would assist individuals who have been dealing with the stress of losing their homes and other issues stemming from the worst cyclone to hit Tonga - Tropical Cyclone Gita (TC Gita) that occurred on that 12th February 2018.
Limited take-up so far is linked to small island nations' reluctance to foot the bill for the effects of climate change, says insurance expert
By Jared Ferrie
PHNOM PENH, June 29 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Pacific island nations are some of the world's most disaster-prone countries, yet only a handful have signed up to an insurance scheme that dispenses rapid payouts in a crisis – a situation experts hope to change.
The United Nations says only about 8 percent of disaster losses are covered in the Asia-Pacific region.