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Tongan Navy Reach Fiji Quick

Tonga was one of the first countries that sent navy boats to Fiji following the devastation left behind by monster storm Winston, with relief supplies on board. Within days after
03 Mar 2016 13:34
Tongan Navy  Reach Fiji Quick
Tongan military personnel loading relief supplies bound for Vanuabalavu, Lau. Photo: Twitter/Solomone Savelio

Tonga was one of the first countries that sent navy boats to Fiji following the devastation left behind by monster storm Winston, with relief supplies on board.

Within days after Cyclone Winston crossed over the country, Tongan navy vessels reached the shores of Vanuabalavu with relief supplies.

The shipment included 200 tents, 1500 litres of drinking water, six tonnes of flour, four tonnes of rice, two tonnes of sugar and a desalination machine.

Leveni ‘Aho, the director of National Emergency Management Office (NEMO) told Radio Tonga News His Majesty’s Armed Forces vessel, VOEA Pangai transported the relief supplies. The relief supplies had been given by the Australian government.

Radio New Zealand quoted Mr Leveni ‘Aho saying that the navy ship delivered food, water, shelter and kitchen kits as well as Fijian assessment teams to the island of Namuka.

He said it was not the first time the two nations had helped each other out.

“Fiji helped Tonga back in 1982 I think when we had our big cyclone then. It’s been an ongoing relations in the past. This is the first time it’s a major disaster for Fiji and Tonga is only too willing to help.”

Mr Aho said Tonga was waiting to hear from Suva whether the barge was required.

 

Edited by Naisa Koroi

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