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Groundbreaking of a new warehouse for NEMO at Matatoa completed yesterday

Radio & TV Tonga, Nuku’alofa, 09/08/2017


The foundation of a 5 million pa’anga new warehouse for the National Emergency Management Office – NEMO at Matatoa was laid yeasterday, thanks to the Japanese government.


The Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for MEIDECC marked the ground breaking ceremony  at Matatoa saying this will  be very convenient to NEMO’s operations.


“The NEMO currently have a warehouse in Vaololoa, and is considered too small to accommodate most of the disaster relief items for an effective disaster response. In addition to that current warehouse location it is situated in a zone that is vulnerable to flooding. Consultations with high Commission in Tonga, the Aus Aid has agreed to fund the construction of an Emergency Warehouse for NEMO.”


In his address the Australian High Commissioner to Tonga – H.E Andrew Ford says, this is part of his country’s  move to ensure that they can assist Tonga in any way possible hence addressing the impacts of climate change and natural hazards.


“I recognised that Tongan communities already have some strategies in place to ensure food and water supplies are maintained. We are keen to work together with Tonga to identify gaps and ensure that we are all prepared as possible. Being better prepared and better able to respond will help save lives, and better able to respond will help save lives.”


The ceremony was attended by senior officials of related Government Stakeholders including Brigadier General Lord Fielakepa and many others.

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