Further humanitarian funding to Tonga

Update: 11:53AM A FURTHER humanitarian funding of 300,000 euros ($F751,524.93) has been allocated by the European Commission in order to enable the delivery of emergency assistance to communities affected by Tropical Cyclone Gita.

A statement issued by the Delegation of the European Union
for the Pacific today says an initial 100,000 euros ($F250,493.76) had already
been allocated immediately after the event, pending further field assessments.

In addition, a humanitarian expert from the European Civil
Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations (ECHO) was immediately deployed to
take part in a rapid assessment of the situation on the ground.

Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management
Christos Stylianides said their
assessment on the ground indicated there were still many humanitarian issues that needed to be addressed.

“This additional contribution from the EU underlines our
solidarity with the people of Tonga, many of whom have lost their homes and
sources of livelihoods as a result of the cyclone. The extra funding will
contribute to helping them get back on their feet as soon as possible.”

The EU interventions will focus on addressing the most
pressing needs of the affected families through the provision of emergency
shelter, access to safe drinking water, and food and livelihood assistance.