TONGA / RELIEF RECOVERY EFFORTS

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26-Jan-2022 00:04:27
World Bank Group Liaison officer Natalia Latu said the Bank “has stood shoulder to shoulder with the Government of Tonga” as the full picture in the island nation was still being assessed following the eruption of the Hunga-Tonga-Hunga-Ha’apai volcano. WORLD BANK

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STORY: TONGA / RELIEF RECOVERY EFFORTS
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DATELINE: 25 JANUARY 2022, NUKU'ALOFA, TONGA

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25 JANUARY 2022, NUKU'ALOFA, TONGA

1. Tracking shot, damage to homes
2. SOUNDBITE (English) Natalia Latu, Liaison Officer, World Bank Group - Tonga:
“I think the full picture is being developed at the more and we're still receiving information. The government has deployed its initial damage assessment teams to the communities, but also the outer islands. So, they're collecting data and information, but I think more importantly, they're responding to the immediate needs on the ground.”
3. Tracking shot, damage to homes
4. SOUNDBITE (English) Natalia Latu, Liaison Officer, World Bank Group - Tonga:
“What can be said is that it's caused huge damage to the country. In terms of destruction and debris following the eruption, just driving across the country, you can see complete destruction of homes, businesses, and communities.”
5. Tracking shot, debris
6. SOUNDBITE (English) Natalia Latu, Liaison Officer, World Bank Group - Tonga:
“From the outset, the World Bank Group has stood shoulder to shoulder with the Government of Tonga during this very difficult time. We've been able to disperse an initial eight million USD in emergency financing to support the government in response and its recovery efforts. This support was requested by the government, and it will help to provide resources that they can use to establish their basic services and help Tongan families who were most affected.”
7. Still image, car covered in dust
8. Still image, damaged house
9. Still image, roadside destruction and debris
10. SOUNDBITE (English) Natalia Latu, Liaison Officer, World Bank Group - Tonga:
“This was the first disbursement from a multilateral organization, and it was done within five days. So, that's extremely quick and swift.”
11. Still image, people sweeping ash
12. Still image, car covered in ash
13. Still image, damaged house
14. SOUNDBITE (English) Natalia Latu, Liaison Officer, World Bank Group - Tonga:
“In addition to the current response following the event, the bank was also able to support the emergency operation centers in Haʻapai and Vavaʻu. So, before the event, when the activity started to increase these operational centers in the outer islands were already operational 24 hours providing support and response to the communities on the ground. So, they've been crucial and critical in maintaining services to the outer islands, but also communicating with the main island. And I think that goes to the strength of the design of these projects and building the resilience of Tonga.”
15. Still image, roadside damage
16. Still image, damaged homes
17. Still image, damaged home

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World Bank Group Liaison officer Natalia Latu said the Bank “has stood shoulder to shoulder with the Government of Tonga” as the full picture in the island nation was still being assessed following the eruption of the Hunga-Tonga-Hunga-Ha’apai volcano.

Speaking from the capital, Nuku'alofa, Latu said the Tongan Government has deployed its initial damage assessment teams to the communities and outer islands and responding to the immediate needs on the ground.

Latu said, “What can be said is that it's caused huge damage to the country. In terms of destruction and debris following the eruption, just driving across the country, you can see complete destruction of homes, businesses, and communities.”

Latu said the World Bank dispersed an initial eight million USD in emergency financing to support the government in response and its recovery efforts. She said, “This support was requested by the government, and it will help to provide resources that they can use to establish their basic services and help Tongan families who were most affected.”

The World Bank Liaison Officer said, “This was the first disbursement from a multilateral organization, and it was done within five days. So, that's extremely quick and swift.”

Latu said, in addition to the current response, the Bank was also able to support the emergency operation centers in Haʻapai and Vavaʻu. She explained that the operational centres in the outer islands “were already operational 24 hours providing support and response to the communities on the ground,” when the volcano’s activity started to increase before its eruption.

She said, “So, they have been crucial and critical in maintaining services to the outer islands, but also communicating with the main island. And I think that goes to the strength of the design of these projects and building the resilience of Tonga.”

The World Bank said it stands ready to support damage assessments to assist the Government evaluate the nature and scale of damages, reconstruction, and recovery needs.
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