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15 Dec 2017 description
report Government of Tonga

15th December 2017 **Tonga is highly dependent on intermittent rainwater harvesting and thinning groundwater levels for potable water, and such rainfall patterns and thin groundwater lens is further exacerbated with the onset of climate change through prolonged drought periods and rising sea-level. It is a real threat to our water security, Tonga’s Head of Delegation told the Asia Pacific Water Summit. **

14 Nov 2017 description
report Government of Tonga

Tonga Meteorological Service staff gather with key national ocean and maritime stakeholders this week for a workshop on ocean forecasting for improved safety and resilience.

With support from the Australian Government and the Pacific Community (SPC), Tonga Met Service will host the National Oceans and Tides Workshop from 13-17 November, with the aim to strengthen understanding and application of ocean data for improved preparedness and planning.

13 Nov 2017 description
report Government of Tonga

10 November 2017, UNFCCC COP23, Bonn, Germany – Reducing the risks from climate change and disasters would be futile if it does not reduce the risks to those who are most disproportionately impacted.

“Climate change and disasters threaten core human rights and prioritizing those most impacted by disasters and climate change must be the priority of all decision makers,” said the Hon. Mereseini Vuniwaqa, the Minister for Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation for the Fijian Government.

02 Nov 2017 description
report Government of Tonga

2nd November, 2017 Weather Forecasting Staff of the National Weather Forecasting Office are receiving much needed high resolution modeling from the Indonesian Meteorological Service (BMKG). At a one day training session held at the Tanoa Dateline Hotel the Director of the Tonga Meteorological Service, Mr. ‘Ofa Fa’anunu gave a short brief of the assistance.

30 Oct 2017 description
report Government of Tonga

30th October 2017: The Cabinet has endorsed that the NEMO under MEIDECC to conduct the first national tsunami evacuation drill on November 3, 2017. The drill aligns with the World Tsunami Awareness Day normally commemorates every 5th of November every year. This year’s world tsunami awareness day theme is ‘safely to safety’.

25 Oct 2017 description
report Government of Tonga

Summary

The tropical cyclone (TC) activity expected in the 2017/18 Tropical Cyclone Season to affect Tonga is likely to be around average. This means that Tonga could expect up to 2 cyclones this season with a 40-50% chance that at least 1 could be Severe (Category 3 or above).
Any tropical cyclones passing close to the country, associated active cloud and rain bands may occasionally affect Tonga with marked rainfall and possible flooding, including sea flooding of low‐lying coastal areas.

24 Oct 2017 description
report Government of Tonga

24th October, 2017 Over 40 delegates from 15 countries convened in Nuku’alofa today for the inaugural Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief (HADR) Workshop, known as the Exercise READY ASSIT, at Tano’a International Dateline Hotel. The three-day event is co-hosted by Australia and Tonga.

19 Oct 2017 description

More than 300 students and teachers from the Kolomotu’a Primary School in Tonga participated in their first ever tsunami drill, part of a region-wide tsunami education and awareness program.

Tonga is highly vulnerable to a host of natural disasters, as it lies in a seismically active area of the Pacific. Its population is spread over low-lying coastal areas and small isolated islands, which makes it critical to respond quickly in times of disaster.

16 Oct 2017 description
report Government of Tonga

Summary

The tropical cyclone (TC) activity expected in the 2017/18 Tropical Cyclone Season to affect Tonga is likely to be around average. This means that Tonga could expect up to 2 cyclones this season with a 40-50% chance that at least 1 could be Severe (Category 3 or above).

Any tropical cyclones passing close to the country, associated active cloud and rain bands may occasionally affect Tonga with marked rainfall and possible flooding, including sea flooding of low‐lying coastal areas.

29 Aug 2017 description
report Government of Tonga

29th August 2017 The Deputy Prime Minister Hon Siaosi Sovaleni officially opened Tonga’s first Post-Disaster Needs Assessments (PDNA) Training at Tanoa International Dateline Hotel this morning.

Funded by the United Nations Development Programme and co-hosted by the Ministry of MEIDECC, the four-day training aimed to enhance preparedness and response capacity of the country to future disasters and to ensure that comprehensive assessment of economic loss and social impacts are adequately calculated for better post-disaster recovery actions.

25 Aug 2017 description
report Government of Tonga

25th August, 2017 Tonga’s Director of Meteorology, Ofa Fa’anunu has signed a Technical Cooperation Agreement with the Regional Integrated Multi-hazard Early Warning System (RIMES) for Africa, Asia and the Pacific Director Mr. A. R. Subbiah during the 9th Council Meeting of RIMES in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea from 23-24 August 2017.

24 Aug 2017 description

Tonga's government is to install more than 100 sirens nationwide as part of an upgrade of disaster management systems.

Read more on Radio New Zealand International

21 Aug 2017 description

By Ana Uili of MEIDAC (Tonga)

18 August, 2017, Honiara, Solomon Islands, PMC-4 – The Government of Tonga will be committing US$25 million to the kingdom’s meteorological service to develop resilience to extreme weather events and to strengthen its early warning system.

Tonga’s Deputy Prime Minister Siaosi Sovaleni announced this during discussions on the outcomes of the Nuku’alofa Ministerial Declaration of 2015 at the Pacific Meteorological Ministers Meeting in Honiara, Solomon Islands today.

17 Aug 2017 description
report Caritas

LONG-TERM PARTNERSHIP IN TONGA

Caritas Aotearoa New Zealand has a long standing partnership with Caritas Tonga, we have been working together on livelihood programmes since 2007. Other projects include supporting a Climate Change Officer, and Disaster Risk Reduction initiatives. They are co-researchers in our State of the Envrionment in Oceania report which will be released on St Francis’ Day, October 4.

15 Aug 2017 description
report Government of Tonga

15th August, 2017 Directors of national meteorological services and officials from the Pacific have convened in Honiara this week to attend the Pacific Meteorological Council Meeting (PMC) under the theme ‘Sustainable Weather, Ocean and Water Services for a Resilient Pacific’.

The meeting was officially opened by Solomon Islands Minister for Environment, Climate Change, Disaster Management and Meteorology Hon. Samuel Manetoali yesterday morning at the Pacific Islands Forum Fisheries Agency conference room.

10 Aug 2017 description
report Government of Tonga

Director of Meteorology under MEIDECC also the Vice President of the World Meteorological Organization and Regional Association V in the South West Pacific Mr. ‘Ofa Fa’anunu opened a Steering Committee Meeting on CREWS-Canada and Canada Projects in the Pacific, at Heritage Park Hotel, Honiara, in August 9th 2017.

08 Aug 2017 description

Health Officials has recorded a new case of typhoid in Tonga bringing the number of cases to 20 since February.

Read more on Radio New Zealand International

03 Aug 2017 description

The World Bank says it is working closely with Tonga's government to investigate missing cyclone funding worth over 600-thousand US dollars.

Read more on Radio New Zealand International

01 Aug 2017 description

MANILA, 31 JULY 2017 - The Kingdom of Tonga in the Pacific Ocean may be small in population, but it is kicking big goals in public health. The World Health Organization (WHO) has validated that the country has eliminated lymphatic filariasis — also known as elephantiasis — as a public health problem.

12 Jun 2017 description
report Government of Tonga

12th June, 2017 More than 10 participants from line ministries, private sectors and civil society participated in a one-day training on Tonga’s Food Security and Livelihoods Cluster at the National Emergency Management Office (NEMO) Conference Room last Friday.