UN / TONGA UPDATE

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Briefing reporters on the situation in Tonga following a volcano eruption, a UN Spokesperson said that “about 84,000 people, that's more than 80 per cent of the population, have been impacted by the disaster with three confirmed fatalities to date, injuries have also been reported.” UNIFEED

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DATELINE: 19 JANUARY 2022, NEW YORK CITY / RECENT

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RECENT – NEW YORK CITY

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19 JANUARY 2022, NEW YORK CITY

2. Wide shot, press briefing room
3. SOUNDBITE (English) Stéphane Dujarric, Spokesperson for the Secretary-General, United Nations:
“Quick update from Tonga following the eruption of Hunga Tonga–Hunga Haʻapai volcano. Our humanitarian colleagues report that about 84,000 people, that's more than 80 per cent of the population have been impacted by the disaster with three confirmed fatalities to date, injuries have also been reported. I think, as you heard from more colleague who's speaking to from Fiji yesterday. The most pressing humanitarian needs are safe water, food and nonfood items. Of course, the reestablishment of communication services including for international calls, and the internet is a priority. All houses have apparently been destroyed in the island on the island of Mango, and only two houses remain in Fonoifua island, with extensive damage reported in the Nomuka, evacuation of the people from these islands is underway. The cleanup of the International Airport continues it is hoped that it will be operational on Thursday. As for the port, it is understood that ships will be able to dock relief efforts are scaling up but it is difficult to reach remote areas to assess people's needs and provide assistance. There are also logistical challenges with shipping relief items internationally by air or by sea. In addition, the country is you know has very strict COVID protocols and that must be followed. UNICEF is shipping water and other supplies through the Australian Royal Navy ship HMAS Adelaide, which is expected to leave for TAGO on the 21st and of course the 23 UN staff members who have been on the ground and living in Tonga are working with the government and local NGOs and they're adapting to the changes in needs in the country.”
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Briefing reporters on the situation in Tonga following a volcano eruption, a UN Spokesperson said that “about 84,000 people, that's more than 80 per cent of the population, have been impacted by the disaster with three confirmed fatalities to date, injuries have also been reported.”

Speaking today (19 Jan) at UN Headquarters, UN Spokesperson Stéphane Dujarric said, “the most pressing humanitarian needs are safe water, food and nonfood items,” adding that “the reestablishment of communication services including for international calls, and the internet is a priority.”

Dujarric continued, “all houses have apparently been destroyed in the island on the island of Mango, and only two houses remain in Fonoifua island, with extensive damage reported in the Nomuka, evacuation of the people from these islands is underway.”

He added, “the cleanup of the International Airport continues. It is hoped that it will be operational on Thursday.”

As for the port, the Spokesperson said that "ships will be able to dock relief efforts are scaling up but it is difficult to reach remote areas to assess people's needs and provide assistance.”

There are also logistical challenges with shipping relief items internationally by air or by sea, Dujarric added.

In addition, the country has very strict COVID protocols and that must be followed.

The Spokesperson also said that UNICEF is shipping water and other supplies through the Australian Royal Navy ship HMAS Adelaide, which is expected to leave for Tonga on 21st January.

There are 23 UN staff members who have been on the ground and living in Tonga. They are working with the government and local NGOs and they're adapting to the changes in needs in the country, Dujarric added.
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