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Government looking to improve recovery efforts following disasters

Radio & TV Tonga, Nuku’alofa, 04/02/2020

The government this year is proposing a bill to ensure faster recovery effort in the future to the construction work for houses affected from a cyclone. This is one of their priority goals for the year, 2020.

Yesterday, the Prime Minister marked the completion of the construction of three houses that were badly damaged by cyclone Gita in 2018.

In his remarks, the Prime Minister – Hon. Dr. Pohiva Tu’i’onetoa says, he is happy to witness first hand, how the families are excited to return to their homes after the devastation from Gita.

Pohiva adds, one of the government’s priorities now is on ensuring faster recovery efforts of construction of houses from a cyclone in the future.

The Prime Minister then marked the completion of the construction project for three families including Sione and Lupe Peauafi of Te’ekiu, Kalisitiane and Vika Ma’asi of Fo’ui and Timote Naulivou of Pelehake.

Last week, the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat or PIFS – held a one day discussion to seek appropriate ways on how leaders in the Pacific can improve resilience in an event of a natural disaster such as a tropical cyclone.

However, under the recovery process from Gita, the government has built seven new houses since December last year.

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