Update on the response to Tropical Cyclone Gita by United Nations Resident Coordinator, Osnat Lubrani
Nuku’alofa, Tonga, 19 February 2018
Tropical Cyclone Gita, a category 4 cyclone, struck Tonga on 12 and 13 February 2018, causing
widespread destruction on the main island of Tongatapu, including the capital of Nuku’alofa, and the neighbouring island of ‘Eua.
“The Government’s early warning actions and immediate response efforts are impressive. They clearly show the importance of preparedness and have no doubt contributed to reducing the impact of Tropical Cyclone Gita on human lives,” Ms. Lubrani said during her visit to Tonga.
Ms. Lubrani arrived in Tonga on 17 February 2018 to see the impact of Tropical Cyclone Gita for herself and to meet with Government officials and local partners.
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