Media Statement

The Government has welcomed the support of humanitarian and development partners to meet all priority needs in the months to come. On request of the Government of Tonga, the
Pacific Humanitarian Team is supporting the national sector coordination through the National
Emergency Management Office. The Team has extended technical expertise combined with
financial support.

Pacific Humanitarian Team professionals are supporting Government and partners in responding to the immediate health, shelter and water and sanitation needs of affected communities in Tonga. Essential supplies are being sent to support children to return to school and dignity kits for displaced persons. Assistance to support early recovery and education response is now being deployed.

The Pacific Humanitarian Team is augmenting and supporting the Government’s response. The
Team works with the Government of Tonga to ensure that the most vulnerable communities are reached with immediate relief items and supported with early recovery action.

“It will take time and hard work by everyone to quickly recover from Tropical Cyclone Gita,” said
Ms. Lubrani. “The Pacific Humanitarian Team stands by the Government and the people of Tonga during these difficult times.”


The Pacific Humanitarian Team
The Pacific Humanitarian Team (PHT) is a regional network of partners who assist Pacific Island governments in preparing for and responding to disasters. The PHT was established in 2008 and consists of United Nations agencies, Red Cross, regional and bilateral organizations, national and international non-governmental organizations, faith-based and community-based organizations and donor partners.

The PHT ensures that the responders work together to deliver effective, timely, predictable and
accountable humanitarian assistance to the disaster-affected people across the Pacific. During
disasters, the PHT provides support to Government, NGOs and communities in delivering a fast,
effective and appropriate disaster response. The PHT partners work together to meet the needs
and protect the rights and dignity of all affected people. The PHT is guided by and is committed
to humanitarian principles and gender equality and promotes participation of and accountability to the affected communities.

PHT Members: Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), International Federation of Red Cross & Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), International Organization for Migration (IOM), Oxfam, Save the Children, United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA), United Nations Human Rights Office of the High Commissioner (UNHRC), United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), United Nations Development Program (UNDP), United Nations Entity for Gender
Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women), United Nations Population Fund
(UNFPA), World Food Program (WFP), and World Health Organization (WHO).

More information about the PHT:

For further information, please contact:
Milika Tuita,
UN Coordination Officer, UN Joint Operations Office, Nuku’alofa, Tonga,, +676 7815142
Sevuloni R. Ratu, Regional Public Information Officer, UN OCHA Office for the Pacific, Fiji,, +679 9990021