Relief assistance

Containers to help families in Tonga continue to flow in

This week a container of drums filled with non-perishable goods arrived at Nuku'alofa's port, from the Seattle Tongan Relief Committee in Washington State, America.

Secretary Toka Valu said his organisation has received extensive support, and they're aiming to maintain continuous aid to the Kingdom.

"Folks were reaching out and just providing 'hey, we have this, this and this, not sure if you have anything organised right not but we love to support what you’re doing.

Fiji government announces relief assistance for cyclone victims

Prime minister Frank Bainimarama has announced a new package for people hard hit by recent back to back cyclones and flooding.

He announced the Cyclone Assistance Relief Effort for Fiji package or CARE for Fiji before flying out last night for London.

Mr Bainimarama is on his way to attend the Commonwealth Heads of Government meeting.

Prime Minister Bainimarama said people earning less than FJ$50,000 dollars a year and whose homes were totally destroyed or suffering severe damage qualify for the funds.

Relief effort steps up as Tongan floodwaters recede

RNZI reports more than 350 people in the capital have been affected with some families moved to evacuation centres.

This is after heavy downpour last week saw 300 mm of rain fall in 24-hours over Friday and Saturday. Heavy rains continued until Tuesday.

The Director of the National Emergency Management Office, Leveni 'Aho said relief funding allocations sought earlier in the week had now been released and authorities were stepping up relief efforts.