Cyclone season

Tonga insured for damage as cyclone season gets underway

The Pacific Catastrophe Risk Insurance Company, which was established a year ago, is providing $US45 cover for Tonga, the Cook Islands, the Marshall Islands, Samoa and Vanuatu.

The company, which is owned by the Pacific Island countries, was established with the assistance of the World Bank.

During the pilot period of the scheme, in January 2014, Tonga was hit by severe (category five) Cyclone Ian.

A state of emergency was declared for Vava’u and Ha’apai.

More than 1000 buildings in Ha’apai were destroyed and 2000 people were left homeless.

Tonga holds disaster relief workshop ahead of cyclone season

The workshop, Exercise Ready Assist focused on developing a strong regional network of key humanitarian assistance and disaster relief practitioners, including regional civilian, military and police representatives.

Over 40 representatives from 15 countries got together last week for the Exercise Ready Assist to enhance regional approaches to humanitarian assistance and disaster relief responses ahead of 2017/2018 cyclone season.

The exercise is a key outcome of the South Pacific Defense Minister’s meeting held in April this year.