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NDRF members are working with partners to prepare for the response and early recovery from Tropical Cyclone Ian. ADRA, Caritas Aotearoa New Zealand, Christian World Service, Oxfam New Zealand, Rotary NZ, The Salvation Army, and TEAR Fund, are currently accepting donations. To find out about NDRF members emergency work or to read about their response activities please visit their websites.
ADRA NZ - ADRA are preparing to distribute emergency food packs to almost 1,000 people facing critical food shortages. The packs will provide 160 families with food for a minimum of 14 days. The packs contain rice, sugar, flour, tinned fish, corned beef and cooking oil. ADRA’s response is being implemented in partnership with the Seventh-day Adventist Church Mission in Tonga. To support this appeal, click here.
Caritas – Caritas Aotearoa New Zealand has so far provided $45,000 to Caritas Tonga which includes donations from the public and a $10,000 contribution from the Tindall Foundation. They are providing support to Caritas Tonga who are focussed on providing clean drinking water, providing temporary shelter, leading the national trauma counselling response and restoring food supplies. For details on donations, please visit their website.
CWS - CWS has launched an appeal to support the women of Ha’apai and Vava’u organising clean-up operations in Tonga. They are working with Ama Takiloa, a network of women’s groups throughout Tonga who have been deeply involved in disaster preparedness. Representatives are attending the National Emergency Management Office (NEMO) coordination meetings in Nuku’alofa to plan the response. To support this appeal, click here.
Rotary New Zealand World Community Service - RNZWCS is in contact with its partners to establish what forms of support are needed in the short term. Accelerated home repairs and water and sanitation infrastructural damage are two of the priorities. They are taking donations on their website.
Salvation Army – The Salvation Army has launched an appeal for funds to meet the educational needs of affected children. They will initially focus their support on ensuring that children in the most affected areas are well equipped to return to school, by replacing school uniforms, stationery and supplies lost in the cyclone.
TEAR Fund –TEAR Fund are working with Ola Fou, a youth education programme which equips young people with tools to become future leaders and in turn empower their own communities. In their partnership, TEAR Fund have worked together to prepare locals for an emergency and helping them build resilience to natural disasters like Tropical Cyclone Ian. Currently, Ola Fou staff and students on the ground are actively implementing the disaster preparedness projects they have in place and TEAR Fund are continuing to support them. To donate to their relief work in Tonga, click here.
UNICEF – UNICEF has been working closely with the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs Regional Office for the Pacific and the Tongan National Emergency Management Office to receive updates on emerging needs and priorities. UNICEF has launched an emergency appeal to support their relief efforts. Funds raised will provide urgent water tanks and purification tablets, hygiene kits, educational supplies and psychosocial support for children. To donate to their relief work, click here.
09/01/2014: For the latest weather updates, check out the Fiji Meteorological Services 'current warnings' page here.
09/01/2014: UNOCHA has released their flash update on Tropical Cyclone Ian's activities including a tracking map which can be found here.
10/01/2014: Australia News Network updates on Tropical Cyclone Ian - check it out here.
10/01/2014: 3 News updates on Tropical Cyclone Ian - check it out here.
12/01/2014: UNOCHA flash update on the situation and response from Tropical Cyclone Ian - check it out here.
12/01/2014: Images released from the aerial survey conducted by RNZAF Orion - report from Matangi Tonga.
13/01/2014: Report from Matangi Tonga on the clean-up operations underway in Ha‘apai.
15/01/2014: UNOCHA has released a map displaying the initial building damage assessment for the Ha'apai area - check it out here.
16/01/2014: Satellite images have been released by NASA showing the intensity of the cyclone's rainfall and storms - report from Matangi Tonga.
17/01/2014: New Zealand contributes more aid to the humanitarian effort and the government increases its donations to NGOs that are working on the ground in Tonga - view the report here.
22/01/2014: Tonga has stated its need for assistance from the international community to help cope with the aftermath of Cyclone Ian - read more here.
22/01/2014: New Zealand has pledged another $1.4 million in aid to Tonga following the deadly Cyclone Ian - read more here.
23/01/2014: UNOCHA situation report has been released on the coordination of humanitarian efforts in Tonga and assessing the needs and responses after the cyclone - check it out here.
27/01/2014: Press release from Caritas New Zealand on Scoop concerning the aftermath and challenges from Cyclone Ian - read more here.
27/01/2014: Tonga's Ha'apai schools to open as planned - read more here.
27/01/2014: The World Bank has awarded the first Pacific catastrophe insurance payout to Tonga to help the country recover from Cyclone Ian - for the full report, click here.
28/01/2014: Tongan government to formalise Cyclone Ian response plan - read more here.
03/02/2014: The Pacific Humanitarian Team has supported the development of the Tongan Government’s three-month response plan to provide response and early recovery assistance to the affected people of Ha’apai following Tropical Cyclone Ian. Click here for more info.
05/02/2014: UNOCHA has released its final situation report for Tonga - check it out here.
21/02/2014: Tonga investigates rusting cans of fish sent to cyclone victims - click here for more information.
26/02/2014: Tongans in New Zealand have been surprised at being asked to pay for the distribution of relief supplies they have donated and shipped to the cyclone-hit Ha'apai island group - click here for the full radio interview
26/02/2014: ADB grants $23.1 million for Tonga climate resilience - click here for more information
03/03/2014: Cyclone damage to Tonga’s agriculture and fisheries exceeds $20 million - click here to read more
05/03/2014: The Government of Tonga and the Food and Agriculture Organisation have released a rapid damage assessment report on the agriculture and fisheries sectors in the aftermath of Cyclone Ian - click here to access it