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Government plans to assist families living in temporary homes

Radio & TV Tonga, Nuku’alofa, 23/06/2020

The Prime Minister reveals in Parliament one of the government’s development project for the next five to ten years which includes constructing buildings for those that are temporarily residing at their current households due to financial constraints.

Hon. Dr Pohiva Tu’i’onetoa says a survey has identified that more than 20thousand families in Tonga do not have access to a piece of land with some facing financial difficulties to build a house.

He says this is a huge concern as these families are living in temporary shelters which cannot withstand the impacts of climate change such as from a tropical cyclone.

Not only that, they are also concerned with the standard of hygienic lifestyle practiced in these homes especially during this challenging time from COVID-19.

Because of this, PM says they will address the issue this year with hopes that within five years 50% of the houses will be built to accommodate people living with hardships in Tonga.

The PM did not mention the estimated cost of the project and when it will be implemented.

The project includes building 15thousand households in Tongatapu, 5thousand in Vava’u, ‘Eua and Ha’apai will have 2thousand each and the two Niua’s will have 50 each.

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