Tongan Patrol Boat Bringing Relief Supplies To Vava‘u

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Pacific Islands Development Program, East-West Center With Support From Center for Pacific Islands Studies, University of Hawai‘i

Minor infrastructure damages but crops severely affected

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (Radio New Zealand International, Feb. 25, 2016) – A Tongan patrol boat will depart for Vava'u tonight loaded with relief supplies for areas struck by cyclone Winston last week.

The cyclone passed to the north of the island group last week as a category four, it only caused minor damage to infrastructure but crops have been severely affected.

The Director of the National Emergency Management Office, Leveni 'Aho, says the boat's supplies consist of kits to help in the recovery, as well as items sent from family members in Nuku'alofa.

He told Radio Tonga the shipment includes aid from Oxfam and Caritas, and is the outcome of consultation with the New Zealand government.

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