Barriers preventing local groups from helping Tonga after volcano, tsunami

Barriers preventing local groups from helping Tonga after volcano, tsunami

1/17/2022 8:35:00 AM

Barriers preventing local groups from helping Tonga after volcano, tsunami

The threat of the tsunami is gone, but other concerns remain for Tonga — including inhalation of volcanic ash, lack of clean water and a technological disconnect from the outside world.

“I wish New Zealand or Australia will provide some water to be sent as soon as possible,” said Seni Penitani, whose family lives on the small Tongan island of Nomuka.Local Pacific Islander communities and organizations are desperate to send help to Tonga right now, but there’s a number of barriers that are making efforts complicated.

WATCH: Utah Tongan community waiting for answers after tsunamiPIK2AR — the Pacific Island Knowledge 2 Action Resources organization – serves Pacific Islander communities in Utah.PIK2AR wants to send help to Tonga, but executive director and co-founder Susi Feltch-Malohifo’ou said there’s a lot of logistical issues.

Read more: FOX 13 News Utah »

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