Suva, Fiji – The U.S. Embassy expresses our sincere condolences to all those impacted by the devastation wrought by Tropical Cyclone Gita in the Kingdom of Tonga on February 12-13. We are pleased to announce that the United States will provide $100,000 USD in initial assistance toward the relief efforts in Tonga. This support, provided via the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), will help displaced families with water, sanitation and hygiene assistance.
USAID’s Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance is currently deploying personnel to directly evaluate the damage to Tongan property and infrastructure and assess the immediate needs of the people of Tonga in order to safeguard life and property as they recover from Tropical Cyclone Gita. In consultation with the government of Tonga and development partners, they will help determine what future assistance is needed.
Early reports in the aftermath of Gita from U.S. Peace Corps personnel who weathered the storm in Tonga emphasize the remarkable resilience and fortitude displayed by Tongans as they work together to clear roads, repair damage, and restore services. The United States is proud to join the Government of Tonga and other partner governments and organizations in working with the people of Tonga to rebuild.
The U.S. Embassy is also monitoring the impact of Tropical Cyclone Gita on the southern Islands of Fiji, and will remain in close touch with Fiji Government authorities on any possible needs for assistance.
For more information, please contact:
Regional Public Affairs Office
U.S. Embassy Fiji, Kiribati, Nauru, Tonga and Tuvalu