Tonga recovery

Trauma needs to be addressed following eruption - Tonga PM

“A lot of people were impacted, it may not be physically but mentally, that’s something we’re trying to address."

Speaking to FBC News, he said much of the trauma that remains is unseen.​

“We may be able to build houses now, but addressing mental health issues will take longer.”

Of the 80,000 people in Tonga affected by the disaster, 28,000 are children. 

Save the Children Tonga country lead Maa’imoa Mafile’o says many kids are still struggling.

Further Australian support for Tonga

The assistance is alongside a delivery of 54,990 Pfizer vaccines to be provided in partnership with Tongan health authorities to support their Covid-19 response.

The $16 million package builds on the initial $3 million of humanitarian support and the Australian Defence Force's clean-up efforts and delivery of 370 tonnes of equipment and disaster relief supplies under Operation Tonga Assist 2022.