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 USAID is responding to the eruption of  Tonga’s Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha’apai volcano, seen via satellite. Photo credit: NOAA
USAID is responding to the eruption of Tonga’s Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha’apai volcano, seen via satellite.
Photo credit: NOAA

Key Developments

Communities in Tonga will require humanitarian assistance through at least mid-2022, relief actors report. Recent assessments conducted by the World Bank indicate that agriculture, food, livelihood, protection, shelter, and WASH assistance remain priority needs across Tonga.

Rapid transmission of COVID-19 prompts widespread restrictions, hindering relief actors' ability to deliver critical humanitarian assistance.

USAID's Bureau for Humanitarian Assistance partners CARE and UN Food and Agriculture Organization commence agriculture, shelter, and water, sanitation, and hygiene support for affected populations across Tonga, particularly on ‘Eua Island and in the Tongatapu and Ha'apai island groups.

Background

Tonga, an island country in the Pacific Ocean, is vulnerable to natural disasters, including cyclones and tsunamis. USAID disaster assistance typically supports the emergency relief efforts of non-governmental organizations and closely coordinates with and complements Government of the Kingdom of Tonga relief efforts. In addition, USAID supports a number of initiatives to help people in Pacific Island countries, including Tonga, prepare for future disasters.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Last updated: March 10, 2022

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