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Australia provides $556,000 humanitarian assistance to Tonga

17:26 Yesterday


Taken from/By: FBC News
Report by: Akosita Talei

The Australian government is providing emergency humanitarian assistance to help the affected nation of Tonga that was battered by Category four Tropical Cyclone Gita last night.

Foreign Affairs Minister Julie Bishop, Defence Minister Marise Payne and Minister for International Development and, the Pacific Senator Concetta Fierravanti-Wells in a joint statement says Australia’s thoughts are with the people of Tonga after TC Gita caused severe damage to the capital of Nuku’alofa.

Following a request from the Tongan government, Australia has deployed more than $556,000FJD in life-saving equipment including emergency shelter, kitchen and hygiene kits to assist over 2,000 people in need.

Australia has released humanitarian supplies including tarpaulins and water purification tablets through the Tongan Red Cross.

The Australian Defence Force will also conduct humanitarian assistance and disaster relief to support the Tongan government.

A Royal Australian Air Force C-17A Globemaster will deliver much-needed emergency relief supplies to Tonga this evening.

The ADF is also ready to assist with debris removal, water, sanitation and distribution of emergency supplies on request from Tonga.



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