The Pacific Humanitarian Team (PHT) has supported the development of the Tongan Government’s TOP 28.4 million (US$15.1 million) three-month response plan to provide response and early recovery assistance to the affected people of Ha’apai following Tropical Cyclone Ian. Continue reading
The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) in the Pacific is deploying an information management and mapping specialist to Tonga to support the Government’s response following Severe Tropical Cyclone Ian.
Tropical Cyclone Ian has left Tongan waters and all warnings and alerts have been cancelled. Immediate assessments and surveys of damage has been carried out. A chartered flight to Ha’apai departed with health, power, telecommunication, media and Red Cross personnel. Continue reading
TC Ian was upgraded to a Category 4 system overnight with winds of 170 km/h and gusts up to 230 km/h. TC Ian is 180 km south of Niuafo’ou and 230 km northwest of Vava’u, and heading southeast at 10 km/h.