Tonga Emergency Update

13 July 2018

Topics: cyclone emergency "Link 2018" "natural disaster"

Just days after the cyclone, our local partner was able to reach some of the most vulnerable families with urgently needed drinking water, and deliver tarpaulins and ropes to people whose homes were damaged in the storm. Yvette Crafti/Act for Peace

Your gifts are helping people to survive the devastation of Cyclone Gita.

When Tropical Cyclone Gita swept through Tonga this February, it flattened homes, ripped up farms and gardens, and left many communities without power and safe water.

Around 80 per cent of Tongans were impacted by the storm – the worst to batter their nation in more than half a century.\

But your impact ensured our local church partners on the ground were able to deliver immediate, life-saving assistance such as clean water, tarpaulins and generators.

In the village of Matafonua, Senolita and her children had their roof blown off by the violent winds. She said she couldn’t imagine how they would have coped without your support.

“If it wasn’t for the tarpaulin I do not know how we’d survive in our own house without getting wet all the time from rainy days. Now our roof is covered and my family are safe.”

In the village of Fatai, Siokapesi and her children had a similar story.

After the cyclone, my children and I were able to drink thanks to the the 20 litre bottle you gave us and now we still use it to fetch drinking water.”

In Tonga’s capital of Nuku’alofa, your swift kindness brought power to Apifo’ou College, which had been badly damaged. The principal, Viliami, told us:

“Our school wouldn’t have been able to stay open without the generators you gave us. They provide power for two classroom buildings. Your donation is much appreciated by the whole school, especially the students.

The people of Tonga still have a long road ahead to rebuild. But your action has helped them to survive and stay resilient – thank you.

Your impact: What your gifts brought to families devastated by Cyclone Gita.

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