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Tonga's volcanic eruption felt like an ' atomic bomb ' that shook 'the whole island', an aid worker told AFP on Friday, as the Pacific nation raced to address a drinking water shortage.
Tonga’s volcanic eruption felt like an “atomic bomb” that shook “the whole island”, an aid worker told AFP on Friday, as the Pacific nation raced to address a drinking water shortage.“The whole island shake because of the noise of the eruption.”UN crisis coordinator Jonathan Veitch told AFP from Fiji the key concern now for Tongans is drinking water, with water supplies for tens of thousands feared contaminated by ash or saltwater.
Water testing has begun, but after last Saturday’s eruption “the entire country is covered in ash”, Veitch said.But the sheer distance, crippled communications, and the bid to keep Covid out of the kingdom of 170 islands are hampering the recovery.“So I mean, it’s like, almost a triple whammy.”Read more: The Guardian Nigeria »
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Share on Telegram Tonga's volcanic eruption felt like an "atomic bomb" that shook "the whole island", an aid worker told AFP on Friday, as the Pacific nation raced to address a drinking water shortage.• Kalu berates aspirants declaring to ambition Buhari • APC refutes report on suspension of convention Spokesperson of the mission, Jeanne Clark, at a town hall meeting organised by the Nigerian Guild of Editors (NGE) in Kano State, yesterday, said fighting corruption and defending credible elections are central to U.Share on Telegram This is how the judiciary works in Nigeria, where litigants who file their cases in Court are not sure that they will still be alive when the case is finally decided.That’s one year of a humanitarian crisis aggravated by COVID-19, one year of increased risk of Sexual and Gender Based Violence (SGBV) for millions of women and girls, one year of strain on an already fragile health system and one year of intensified sexual and reproductive healthcare (SRH) needs of many displaced women and girls.
Cleaning crews work to remove oil from a beach annexed to the summer resort town of Ancon, northern Lima, on January 20, 2022 after a spill which occurred during the offloading process of the Italian-flagged tanker “Mare Doricum” at La Pampilla refinery caused by the abnormal waves recorded after the volcanic eruption in Tonga. (Photo by Cris BOURONCLE / AFP) Tonga’s volcanic eruption felt like an “atomic bomb” that shook “the whole island”, an aid worker told AFP on Friday, as the Pacific nation raced to address a drinking water shortage. government’s action plan. Almost a week after the Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha’apai volcano exploded, unleashing a tsunami and cutting Tonga off from the rest of the world, witnesses are recounting the disaster. This is why impunity practitioners taunt their victims to go to court, knowing that the system is damn too slow to deliver real justice to most people. On Tongatapu, Tonga’s main island, “we felt a big… it was like an atomic bomb,” said Sione Taumoefolau, the secretary general for the Tonga Red Cross.S. “The whole island shake because of the noise of the eruption. This data represents real people in real need.
” The situation remains difficult, with only limited supplies of aid getting in and residents facing a massive clean up effort. According to Clark, getting things done in a democratic setting is not always easy, as democracy is messy and hard that no one would get all they want. Lagos State Government attempted in 2011, to address these lapses through the promulgation of the Tenancy Law now reproduced in the 2015 Laws of Lagos State. “The worst part, for us, is the ash. Everywhere we are being covered by the ashes from the volcano,” Taumoefolau said. The former governor of Abia State spoke to newsmen at the foyer of the National Assembly, just before yesterday’s plenary. UN crisis coordinator Jonathan Veitch told AFP from Fiji the key concern now for Tongans is drinking water, with water supplies for tens of thousands feared contaminated by ash or saltwater. However cases still linger on in the courts due to the wrong interpretation of this section. “Prior to the eruption, the majority of Tongans relied on rainwater,” Veitch said. APC has refuted reports of its decision to suspend the national convention of the party scheduled for February 27. Over 30,000 refugees have fled to Djibouti while nearly double that number have arrived in Sudan, since the conflict started.
“If it’s all basically made toxic by the by the ash, then they have a problem, unless they have access to groundwater sources.” Determining the location of and access to groundwater sources is now vital, he said. John Akpanudoedehe, stated, yesterday, that there is no iota of truth in the story. The other solution is for the government to invest massively in the housing sector through deliberate construction of houses for the masses. Water testing has begun, but after last Saturday’s eruption “the entire country is covered in ash”, Veitch said. A triple whammy’ The relief effort got under way in earnest on Thursday after Tonga’s main runway was cleared of ash, allowing the arrival of military aid flights from Australia and New Zealand. The party maintained that those behind the story were bent on causing confusion and fomenting crisis in the party through such misinformation. But the sheer distance, crippled communications, and the bid to keep Covid out of the kingdom of 170 islands are hampering the recovery. Although the Supreme Court has ended the agony of landlords on paper through this landmark judgment, there are still so many cases like Pillars v Desbordes in various courts across Nigeria. Experiencing pregnancy and childbirth while enduring displacement can be life-threatening.
Tonga has been virtually cut off from the outside world since the volcanic blast broke an undersea communications cable, which may remain severed for weeks. “It’s not an easy one. It’s far from anywhere, as you know. Nigerians yearn for true justice, which we have paid for in sacrifices through our limbs, lives and liberties. So there are access constraints. And then the Covid issue, obviously. School buildings are being used as temporary shelters, leaving young girls out of school and subject to sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV).
And then comms collapsed,” Veitch said. Both on the side of the tenant and the landlord, none should be able to exploit the law to frustrate the due entitlement of the other. “So I mean, it’s like, almost a triple whammy.” As foreign aid deliveries ramp up, the UN is “massively concerned” about the Covid risk posed to the island nation, Veitch said. He pointed to current outbreaks of the virus across the Pacific, including in the Solomons and Kiribati. “Omicron is getting out there very fast,” he said. In 1994, the Programme of Action of the International Conference for Population and Development (ICPD) acknowledged for the first time the importance of SRH services for persons affected by humanitarian crises, particularly women and girls, and of them being protected from SGBV.
The Tongan government is currently investigating whether there is any safe way to bring aid workers into the country. “If there are Covid safe protocols that could be adjusted to allow safe travel into Tonga sooner rather than later we will encourage the government to do that,” Veitch said. ‘Plenty of destruction’ The Tongan government has now completed its full assessment of the situation after the disaster, including the impact on the outer islands that were particularly hard-hit by the tsunami. Three people have been confirmed killed, while the extent of the damage has yet to be calculated. “They didn’t have evidence that there were more casualties, but there’s plenty of destruction,” Veitch said. Sexual and reproductive healthcare in humanitarian settings is multifaceted and cuts across many thematic areas including SGBV prevention and survivor care, HIV and STI related morbidity reduction, contraception, safe abortion, and obstetric and neonatal care – thus the need for sufficient and timely SRH funding in emergencies.
Many people whose homes on Tonga’s outer islands were destroyed have been evacuated to the larger island of Nomuka. New Zealand’s HMNZS Aotearoa berthed in Tonga on Friday, carrying a supply of fresh drinking water. “(The ship) also the capacity to desalinate, 70-75,000 litres of water a day, which would make a difference for the population, at least on Tongatapu,” Veitch said. UNICEF has sent a large number of of water and sanitation hygiene kits on the Australian aid ship HMAS Adelaide, which departed Brisbane on Thursday night. “We are also sending a lot of equipment into treat water,” Veitch said. The laws and policies governing abortion vary across Ethiopia, Djibouti and Sudan ranging from less restrictive to more prohibited.
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