UN proposes aid for Tonga volcano damage | News
The United Nations Organization reported that a team is working to assess the damage caused by the Tonga volcano, and is deployed around the affected territory to provide help and restore some basic needs.
Volcano eruption and tsunami leave three dead in Tonga
“The team’s priorities are to help restore communications, find ways to transport emergency aid and provide technical advice on issues such as ensuring the safety of the drinking water supply, which has been severely affected by volcanic ash,” the statement said. note issued by the UN.
For its part, the WHO stressed that there are still missing people, while around 90 people moved to evacuation centers on the island of Eua, and others moved to the homes of friends and relatives.
At least three people have died in Tonga following the massive volcanic eruption and subsequent tsunami wave that hit over the weekend. Homes and other buildings across the archipelago have suffered major damage.https://t.co/q7IlWOrc9V
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January 18, 2022
“Yuta has literally been standing outside from dawn until late at night for the past few days to make sure the phone can reach the satellite signal and can transmit vital information,” said the WHO health cluster coordinator for the Pacific, Sean Case.
“All of us here at WHO, and in the wider UN family, are thinking of Tonga right now and doing everything we can to support the government’s response efforts,” the official said.
Due to the continuous fall of ash, it has been more difficult than expected to open the Tonga airport, said the interim resident coordinator for the Pacific Islands, Jonathan Veitch, who stressed that the airport remains closed and up to 200 meters of ash are cleaned per day.
Similarly, the spokesman for the United Nations Secretary General, Stéphane Dujarric, had confirmed that three fatalities were recorded after the tragic event, which left around 100 houses damaged and 50 completely destroyed on the main island of Tongatapu.
The volcanic eruption, the largest recorded in thirty years of the Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha’apai submarine volcano caused a tsunami, a catastrophe that occurred on January 15.