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Locals encouraged to be more prepared when disaster strikes

Radio & TV Tonga, Nuku’alofa, 12/03/2018

Tonga’s High Commissioner to Australia – HRH Princess Latufuipeka visited the National Emergency Management Office – NEMO, this morning.

Her visits aimed to witness the country’s recovery effort after the cyclone.

The Minister of MEIDECC – Poasi Tei said, the agricultural sector was the most affected sector from the cyclone.

Meanwhile the Director of NEMO – Leveni ‘Aho and the Director of Tonga’s Meteorological services ‘Ofa Fa’anunu spoke of the recovery efforts that’s currently underway.

Meanwhile during the weekend, HRH Princess Latufuipeka led a program aiming at ensuring that people are equipped with skills and knowledge of what to be done in times of Natural disasters especially cyclones and tsunamis because Tonga is vulnerable to it.

The special program was hosted on Saturday for the people on the estates of Lavaka namely Kahoua, Lomaiviti, and Pea.

HRH told the people in these areas, that everyone should learn from Cyclone Gita, and better prepared for the next natural disaster.

She emphasized the importance to secure their homes and to prepare sufficient and relevant items that they might needs if they were to evacuate.

During the program, the villagers shared and discussed their plans for evacuation.

They also displayed emergency kits that were packed for the times of any disaster.

These emergency kits include clothes and food items for both adults and children.

The people of Lavaka have also established a disaster management committee to oversee the disasters preparedness of the villagers.

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