Some money services reopen in Tonga, drinking water the priority

22/1/2022 6:31:00 AM

Some money services reopen in Tonga, drinking water the priority

Tonga's government said drinking water was the priority, and a national emergency team had already distributed 60,000 litres of water to residents.Volcanic fallout on the surface of the ocean was damaging boats and making marine transport between the islands challenging, and domestic flights were suspended, it said.

A field hospital has been set up on Nomuka Island after the health centre there was swept away.More naval vessels from Australia, New Zealand and Britain are en-route to Tonga to deliver aid, as defence flights continue to arrive from Australia and New Zealand.

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World rushes aid to tsunami-hit Tonga as drinking water, food runs short

New Zealand water ship unloads in Tonga as other aid trickles in

World rushes aid to tsunami-hit Tonga as drinking water, food runs shortWELLINGTON: More ships and aircraft carrying aid are due to arrive in Tonga in coming days as the international community responds to calls for urgent assistance from the Pacific island nation following a devastatin MalaysiaMFA hantar apa? Just wondering...

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World rushes aid to tsunami-hit Tonga as drinking water, food runs shortWELLINGTON: More ships and aircraft carrying aid are due to arrive in Tonga in coming days as the international community responds to calls for urgent assistance from the Pacific island nation following a devastatin MalaysiaMFA hantar apa? Just wondering...

World rushes aid to tsunami-hit Tonga as drinking water, food runs short

Copy to clipboard https://str.Members of the Australian Defence Force embark on HMAS Adelaide at the Port of Brisbane before departure to Tonga, in Brisbane, Australia, on Jan 20, 2022.Copy to clipboard https://str.The Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha'apai volcano erupted with a deafening explosion on Saturday, triggering tsunamis that destroyed villages, resorts and many buildings and knocked out communications for the nation of about 105,000 people.

sg/wAYr WELLINGTON (REUTERS) - Tongans queued for limited money services that were restored in the Pacific island's capital on Saturday (Jan 22), as the clean-up continued a week after a devastating volcanic eruption and tsunami. Tonga's government said drinking water was the priority, and a national emergency team had already distributed 60,000 litres of water to residents. The first flights from Australia and New Zealand landed in Tonga on Thursday (Jan 20) with much-needed supplies of water for sanitation and hygiene as well as shelter, communication equipment and power generators. A desalination plant on a New Zealand naval ship that arrived on Friday, capable of producing 70,000 litres a day, has started drawing seawater from Tonga's harbour. The ship carried 250,000 litres of water and desalination equipment able to produce 70,000 litres more per day, New Zealand's High Commission said. Residents who had lost homes on outlying islands when a tsunami reaching up to 15 metres crashed over the South Pacific archipelago would be relocated to the main island, Tongatapu, because of water and food shortages, the Tongan prime minister's office said in a statement distributed to Tongan officials. A second Australian aid flight had to turn back on Thursday due to in-flight issues and is now expected today, the Australian High Commission in Tonga said on Facebook. Volcanic fallout on the surface of the ocean was damaging boats and making marine transport between the islands challenging, and domestic flights were suspended, it said. "We remain seriously concerned about access to safe water for 50,000 people throughout the country.

Ash fall and the tsunami had affected 84 per cent of the population, and inter-island communications remain an"acute challenge" with limited satellite and radio links, it said. The erupted with a deafening explosion on Saturday, triggering tsunamis that destroyed villages, resorts and many buildings and knocked out communications for the nation of about 105,000 people.. Burials were held earlier in the week for a Tongan man and a woman who had died when the tsunami hit the outlying Ha'apai islands. The official death toll is three. Ash has blanketed the archipelago and spoiled much of its drinking water. A field hospital has been set up on Nomuka Island after the health centre there was swept away. On Thursday, an Australian flight was forced to return to base because of a positive Covid-19 case onboard, while on Friday technical problems delayed one of two Japanese C-130 transporters carrying 5,000 litres of drinking water, Japan's Self-Defence Forces said. Mr Faka'iloatonga Taumoefolau, the coordinator for the project to rebuild Tonga's Parliament, said the restoration of international money transfer services, for limited hours on Saturday, was important for people to be able to buy essential goods. "Assessment teams have reached most parts of the country, including remote and isolated islands," Dujarric said. "The impact of this volcanic eruption and the subsequent tsunami and the damage the inundation is causing will be an ongoing challenge for Tonga, particularly in relation to infrastructure," she told Australian radio, adding that New Zealand and Fiji were also working closely with Tonga.

"Tongans have demonstrated their resilience in this calamity and will get back on their feet," he said, speaking to Reuters from Tongatapu. More naval vessels from Australia, New Zealand and Britain are en-route to Tonga to deliver aid, as defence flights continue to arrive from Australia and New Zealand. Water quality testing continues, and most people are relying on bottled water," he said. The supplies were moved to another flight that took off on Friday. The Tongan government has implemented a strict Covid-19 policy that means people, including aid workers, cannot enter the country unless they have undergone a three-week isolation period. Aid deliveries have been contactless, and one Australian aircraft returned to Brisbane midflight on Thursday after being notified of a Covid-19 case among the crew. There are also reports of fuel shortages, he added. Aid deliveries expected from Japan and China would also be contact-less to prevent the spread of Covid-19, the government said. The salt water from the tsunami spoiled most sources of water and Tongans have been struggling to find clean water as they clear away the ash.

Mr Taumoefolau said Tonga had done a good job in avoiding a pandemic outbreak, recording only one case so far, and the border policy would not hinder aid reaching communities. "The impact of this volcanic eruption and the subsequent tsunami and the damage the inundation is causing will be an ongoing challenge for Tonga, particularly in relation to infrastructure," she told Australian radio, adding that New Zealand and Fiji were also working closely with Tonga. "It is doable to get the aid in without compromising efforts on keeping Covid out," he said. An Australian navy vessel, HMAS Adelaide, was expected to arrive in Tonga on Wednesday with more bulk water and a 40-bed field hospital, Australia's minister for international development and the Pacific, Mr Zed Seselja, told reporters in Canberra on Saturday. Tongans have turned to social media to post images of the destruction by the tsunami and give accounts of their shock after the massive explosion. "We only have the tap water, and it's been contaminated. The Tongan government was doing"an extraordinary job on the ground", he said. Mr Sione Hufanga, the resident United Nations country coordination specialist, told Reuters that the agency is assisting the government in relief work as more people arrive at shelters and seek food and other supplies. If you don’t like our faces, listen to our fortnightly podcast E-Junkies where we lepak one corner with famous people #.

"Almost all crops in the country have been badly affected.. Farmers have lost their homes and livelihood," he told Reuters by phone from Tonga's capital, Nuku'alofa."The country will be heavily relying on aid food for some time." The agricultural sector contributed nearly 14 per cent of Tonga's GDP in 2015/16 and represented over 65 per cent of exports. PHOTO: REUTERS Urgent assistance needed Nasa's Goddard Space Flight Centre has said the force of the eruption was estimated to be equivalent to 5-10 megatons of TNT, or more than 500 times that of the nuclear bomb the United States dropped on the Japanese city of Hiroshima at the end of World War II. The Tongan government said it is"deeply appreciative to the international community" for its assistance, which included US$8 million (S$10.

76 million) in funding from the World Bank and US$10 million from the Asia Development Bank. Reliance, a repair ship due to reconnect the undersea cable that links Tonga to international telecoms networks, left its Port Moresby mooring and was expected in Tonga on Jan 30, according to Refinitiv data on shipping movements. Nasa released photographs showing a huge grey smudge over the blue Pacific. The vessel was expected to arrive"in the next few days" to repair the fibre-optic cable, the Tongan government said. Join .