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Indian supplies reach Tonga

A special delivery of relief supplies from India has reached Tonga as part of its continuous aid to help the island nation rebuild from the destruction of the volcanic eruption and tsunami.

It was January 15, 2022 when the Hunga Tonga–Hunga Ha’apai volcano erupted, darkening skies over Tonga with ash and causing a tsunami that devastated the island nation.

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India had initially given US$200,000 as immediate relief.

Relief supplies bound for Tonga. Picture: High Commission of India, Suva

The Australian Air Force plane landed in Tonga with relief supplies flown directly from India.

According to a statement by the High Commission of India in Fiji, the relief supplies included 100 family ridge tents, 1000 blankets and solar lamps, 200 dignity kits and 250 tarpaulins.

The Indian government said they were a close friend and partner of Pacific countries under the Forum for India-Pacific Islands Cooperation.

Relief supplies bound for Tonga. Picture: High Commission of India, Suva

The devastation by the volcano and the tsunami was under rehabilitation when COVID-19 started taking effect on Tonga.
For now curfews are easing and school has started.

Aid from donor countries like India, Australia and New Zealand is coming in stages as rehabilitation continues.

Apart from this, many charity organisations, sporting bodies and Tongans living overseas are also collecting donations for those affected.

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