Tonga Red Cross

Tonga Red Cross to give out Covid-19 prevention information

Volunteers have been working with the Ministry of Health to create guidelines tailored to a range of communities in Tonga including families, the elderly, youth and the disabled.

The leaflets include information about prevention, symptoms of coronavirus, and services available to help with any queries about the virus.

Communications Officer Polikalepo Kefu said the main message Tonga Red Cross Society wanted to get across to the public was how to prevent coronavirus.

People still need help with Gita rebuild - Tonga Red Cross

Secretary General Sione Taumoefolau said the Red Cross was slowly winding down its operations after its initial assistance efforts.

Mr Taumoefolau said the recovery of food and crops did not seem to be too much of an issue on the main island of Tongatapu.

However he said up to 400 houses were destroyed and deemed uninhabitable after the storm and many people were still living in makeshift shelters.

Red Cross holds disaster training in Vavaʻu

Sixteen volunteers from ʻEua, Haʻapai, Tongatapu and Vavaʻu responded to invitations to attend the training which started on February 29 to March 4.

Participants were trained about “facilitation skills, disaster cycle, assessments and relief distribution”.

Tonga urged to save water ahead of cyclone season

Low rainfall is expected for Tonga for at least three months as a severe El Nino strengthens its grip on the region.

Tonga has had extremely dry weather for nearly a year with shipments of water necessary for Ha'apai and Vava'u islands.

The general secretary of the Tonga Red Cross, Sione Taumoefolau, says people need to collect as much water as possible as a precaution.