Gov’t gives out $4.8 million to 6,996 households affected by cyclone Gita

    Vakai ki he fakamatala faka-Tonga kau ki he ongoongo' ni 'oku 'i he konga taupotu ki lalo 'o e pēsi' ni

    The government has given out TP$4.8 million to 6996 owners of houses which were damaged by tropical cyclone Gita four months ago.

    The distribution of the money on June 12 came after a survey carried out by the Department of Statistics in March 2018 was completed.

    The damage caused by the cyclone was classified into four main categories.

    Category one covers houses which were totally destroyed.

    Category two covers houses which extensively damaged to the point where the roofs and walls were torn apart and destroyed.

    Category three and four cover houses which had “minor and minimal damage” meaning the structure of the houses remained intact and they were still liveable.

    The people whose houses fell under category one received $3000 each,

    Those whose houses came under category two received $1500 each.

    Those whose houses fell under category three and four received $500 each.

    The government said of the 6996 houses surveyed, 6193 houses were damaged in Tongatapu while 546 were affected in ‘Eua.

    It said the government built 257 temporary housing units for some victims under Category One so they could stop living in tents. Of the 257 houses built, 230 were in Tongatapu and 27 in ‘Eua.

    The Minister of Finance, Pōhiva Tu’i’onetoa, told Kaniva news the survey contained some technical errors.

    This included houses which were damaged, but were not listed to receive funding.

    The town and district officers were asked to report these people so they could be given the correct amount of donations.

    Some names had been mistyped and work to resolve this was expected to be completed by this week.

    “All in all the people were happy with the money they received to help them,” the Minister said.

    The Ministry of Infrastructure, Finance, Internal Affairs and Department of Statistics were working together on this project.

    Overseas aid

    As Kaniva News reported in March, the National Emergency Management Office (NEMO) announced that all of the TP$52.6 million donated to Tonga by overseas donors would be spent on the recovery process.

    NEMO said TP$23.6 million in cash had been deposited in the government’s cyclone Gita’s bank account, with TP$2 million deposited into its normal account.

    Cabinet had allocated TP$21.4 for the Cyclone sub-committee to help the recovery process.

    It said the money would be spent on specific areas including shelter, education, food and security, and communication.

    The smallest allocation, TP$200,000, will go to communications with the largest outlay, TP$7.7 million, going to essential services, including electricity maintenance.

    Donor money allocated to cyclone recovery, but rebuilding yet to be budgeted

    1 COMMENT

    1. Na’e kamata ‘i he ‘aho ni Tusite ‘aho 12 ‘o Sune, 2018, ‘a hono tukuatu ‘a e tokoni pa’anga afaa ‘a e Shelter Cluster ki he ngaahi vahenga ‘o Tongatapu pea ‘e toki hoko atu ki ‘Eua ‘a ia ‘oku tataki ia ‘e he Potungaue Langa Lalahi.

      Ko e pa’anga mei he Pa’anga Tokoni mei Muli ‘i he TC Gita Funds na’e vahea ki he Shelter Cluster ko e $4.8m pea ko ia ia ‘oku fai ‘aki ‘a e tokoni pa’anga afa ko ‘eni. ‘A ia ‘oku fakataumu’a ke tokoni’i ‘a e ngaahi ‘api nofo’anga na’e uesia hili ‘a e Saikolone Talupiki ko Kita ‘i Fepueli, 2018. Ko e tokoni afaa na’e fakatatau ki he maumau na’e hoko ‘i he ‘api takitaha ‘a ia na’e ma’u ia mei he ola ‘o e Savea Fakafonua na’e fakahoko ‘e he Potungaue Setisitika ‘i Ma’asi 2018.

      Ko e ola ‘o e savea na’e hiki mai ‘a e maumau ‘i he kalasi ‘e fa

      1) matu’aki holo ‘o e fale ‘a ia ko ha ‘api kuo holo aupito ‘apinofo’anga pea na’e ‘osi fai ‘a e ngaue ki hono langa fo’ou ‘o e api koi a.

      2) maumau lalahi ‘a ia ko ha ‘api kuo ‘osi kotoa ‘a e ‘ato he hae pea uesia mo e holosi‘o e ‘api koia

      3) maumau iiki – ‘oku uhinga ia ‘eni ki ha ngaahi maumau, ka oku kei malava pe ‘a e nofo he fale ko ia

      4) maumau iiki ange – ‘oku uhinga ‘eni ki ha maumau iiki ange pea oku kei malava pe ‘a e nofo he fale koia.

      Ko e vahevahe leva ‘o e pa’anga tokoni na’e tufa ‘o anga pehe ni

      $3,000 ki he (1) ngaahi fale na’e holo

      $1,500 ki he (2) ngaahi maumaulalahi

      pea na’e fakataha’i ‘a e (3) mo e (4) ko e $500 ki he ngaahi maumau iiki

      Na’e fe’unga mo e ‘api nofo’anga ‘e 6,996 na’e savea’i pea ko e ngaahi ‘apinofo’anga ‘e 6,739 (6,193 ‘i Tongatapu ni pea mo e 546 ki ‘Eua) ‘oku kau atu ‘ki he tufa tokoni pa’anga ko ‘eni.

      Ko e ngaahi ‘apinofo’anga ‘e 257 na’e kau he kalasi uluaki, fale holo (pe destroyed), ‘oku ikai kau he tufa taki $3000, ‘oku fai ‘a e tokanga makehe ‘a e Pule’anga ke fakahoko hono langa’i ha ngaahi palepale fakataimi ki he ngaahi ‘apinofo’anga ko ia, ke hiki a e kakai mei he teniti ki he fale fakataimi; ‘a ia koe ngaahi ‘apinofo’anga ‘e 230 ki Tongatapu pea mo e 27 ki ‘Eua.

      ‘Oku fengaue’aki ‘a e Potungaue Langa Lalahi, Falepa’anga, Potungaue Fakalotofonua pea mo e Potungaue Sitesitika ki hono fakahoko ‘o e ngaahi ngaue ni.

      Koe fanga ki’i fehalaaki he lisi, hange ko ha ni’ihi na’e holo pe maumau honau fale ka ‘oku ‘ikai tu’u honau hingoa ‘i he lisi, oku fakama’opo’opo mai ia ‘e he Ofisakolo mo e Pule Fakavahe takitaha ke ‘omai ki he ki he Potungaue Fakalotofonua, pea kuo kamata ‘a e ngaahi fakataha, kau atu kiai mo e Falepa’anga, Statistika, mo e Potungaue ‘o e ngaahngaue lalahi. Ko e uike e taha pe ua mei he ‘aho ni kuo settle a e ngaahi issue koia.

      Pehē ‘e he Minisitā Paanga ko me’a felave’i mo e taipe hala ‘o e hingoa, tokotaha nofototongi he api mo e hā fua. Ko e fanga ki’i me’a iiki koia ia oku lolotonga fai hono solova ‘o’ona kuo mei ‘osi a e fa’ahinga ia ko ia. Ko hono fakakatoa ‘oku fiefia a e kakai ‘oku ma’u a a e tokoni vave ange a e ki’i seniti ke tokoni ki he’e nau nofo.

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