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Tonga marks International Disaster Reduction Day

(Radio & TV Tonga, Nuku’alofa, 13/10/2016)

About 76,000 people worldwide died from several natural disasters in the past ten years.

The Deputy Prime Minister – Hon. Siaosi Sovaleni told members of the public while Tonga marked the International Disaster Risk Reduction Day, today.

He says these lives include 9 people that died during the tsunami in Niuatoputapu in 2009, also one life lost during the tropical cyclone Ian in Ha’apai in 2014.

To reduce the risk the Government has in place several plans to ensure that lives of Tongans are safe in times of disasters.

The Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of MEIDECC – Hon. Siaosi Sovaleni spoke of Tonga’s move to curb the risk in times of disaster.

This includes procuring another transmitter for the Tonga Broadcasting Commission to ensure that warnings and information on disasters, reach the outlying islands.

During today’s events, survivors of several disasters in Tonga shared their experiences during those tragic times.

This however coincides with the theme of this year’s International day – “LIVE TO TELL”.

In a previous interview with Tonga’s Meteorological Office – it is understood that climate change has contributed to severe disasters that have affected Tonga in the past years.

Cyclone season in Tonga is from November to April every year.

© Radio & TV Tonga News 2016