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16 Oct 2017 description
report Government of Tonga


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.

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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


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.

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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.

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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.

10 May 2017 description

Tonga's northern most island group is in preparing and Fiji police are urging the public to take heed of the weather advisories as Cyclone Ella approaches both countries.

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20 Apr 2017 description

Travel for people from a Tongan village has been restricted after the discovery of typhoid there.

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13 Apr 2017 description

13 April 2017, Tonga - The government of Tonga, with support from the United Nations Development Programme-UN Environment National Adaptation Plan Global Support Programme (NAP-GSP) is making progress toward finalizing its second Joint National Action Plan for Climate Change Adaptation and Disaster Risk Management (JNAP 2).

12 Apr 2017 description

Health authorities in Tonga have temporarily banned kava drinking in public halls to control an outbreak of typhoid.

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15 Mar 2017 description
report Government of Tonga

The implementation of eco-system based reduction and adaptation approaches that includes biodiversity should help Pacific countries reduce the increasing incidence and severity of disasters that is leaving more people vulnerable each year in the region.

That was something participants at the “Ecosystem Services for Climate Change Adaptation and Disaster Risk Reduction – a ‘win-win’ situation” workshop in Nadi, Fiji learned last week.

27 Feb 2017 description
report Government of Tonga

27th February 2017 - On Friday 24 February, the Hon. Siaosi Sovaleni; Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of MEIDECC officially launched the Tonga Climate Change Trust Fund at a ceremony held at Dr. Moultons Hall. The Hon. Siaosi Sovaleni remarked on the challenges climate change places on local communities, and that the operationalization of the Tonga Climate Change Trust Fund is designed specifically for assisting local communities in alleviating the effects of climate change.

24 Feb 2017 description

In late January, a joint SPREP and United Nations Development Programme mission spent a week in Tonga assisting the Government with the development of a draft proposal for the Green Climate Fund (GCF). The project will encompass adaptation options for Vava’u, Ha’apai and Tongatapu, focusing on coastal resilience options. The project is based on evidence of vulnerabilities and climate change impacts and considers an integrated approach to reduce and manage the impacts of climate change, the needs of the communities, and ecosystems functions and services.

16 Feb 2017 description
report Government of Tonga

16th February, 2017 The Meteorology Department and the National Emergency Management Office (NEMO) under the Ministry of MEIDECC conducted a tsunami drill in collaboration with line ministries and stakeholders yesterday 15th February, 2017.

Tonga joined the rest of the Pacific Rim Countries yesterday in testing its tsunami warning and response procedures during the PACWAVE17 tsunami exercise.