Royal address calls for closer working relationships and cooperation in tackling the damage from TC Gita
Radio & TV Tonga, Nuku’alofa, 15/02/2018
A royal address from His majesty King Tupou VI to the nation and especially Tongatapu and ‘Eua who were directly affected by TC Gita, emphasizes the importance of working together and following instructions from the various government managing bodies to help rebuild damage and devastation.
His Majesty said the normal procedure for him is to receive information before and after a severe tropical cyclone. As this was not the case, he listened together with everyone else in the country to the information provided by Radio stations.
The king said he waited until the roads were cleared of branches and debris before he toured the eastern villages yesterday, and today he visited the central districts eastern villages of Popua, and Patangata and Nuku’alofa.
He then thanked the almighty God for although it was a very big storm, there was no casualty, but damage was inflicted on dwelling houses, businesses as well as agricultural produce.
His Majesty acknowledged the importance of obedience and following the instructions from the various arms of the government disaster management team, which helped reduce any other risks to heighten the current situation.
TC Gita, His Majesty said flattened dwelling houses, meeting houses, uprooted trees and created chaos.
Gita also crushed the walls of division and differences while love and helping each other were exalted by the mighty power of Gita. Love, is a shining treasure.
His Majesty then thanked everyone who showed and received love during the height of GITA. Love he said is patient and kind. Love does not envy or boast.
When a disaster strikes, the first help should come from us and we should not sit and wait for help but stand up ourselves to help save a life, clear the pathways and roads for easy travel.
The King then acknowledged the arrival of first assistance from foreign countries to commence the reconstruction and rehabilitation process.
Government’s disaster management team requires assistance to distribute the assistance to the worst affected victims of Gita.
His Majesty then referred to our faith in God being tested in times of disaster and ruin, as we witness face to face people who suffer with no hope at all, but we are encouraged by the words of Psalm 46..” God is our refuge and strength, an ever present help in trouble”. The secret of a peaceful heart and justification he said, is in verses 7 & 10…. The Lord Almighty is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress. He says… “Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.
His Majesty, concluded by urging his people to work together to rebuild our nation, and make use of every opportunity of the life we have to give for our nation.
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