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NZ donates assistance to NEMO

Radio & TV Tonga, Nuku’alofa, 09/09/2020

In preparation for natural disasters, Tonga’s National Emergency Management Office (NEMO) is more active in preparing necessary equipment to deal with the impacts of tropical cyclones.

This afternoon New Zealand’s High Commissioner to Tonga, HE Tiffany Babington presented relief equipment to the MEIDECC Minister – Hon. Poasi Tei at the NEMO Warehouse at Mataki’eua.

According to a statement released from MEIDECC, these supplies include 100 family tents and 500 hygiene kits, aiming to assist families to be better prepared for the 2020/2021 Cyclone season.

MEIDECC Minister Poasi Tei emphasized that with these relief supplies, NEMO is better equipped to assist communities in an event of a natural disaster, such as a tropical cyclone.

This grant is donated by New Zealand’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (MFAT) which is worth $170,000 NZD.

Earlier in April this year, TC Harold affected more than 800 houses in Tongatapu and ‘Eua.

Tonga is the second most vulnerable country in the Pacific to natural disasters.

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