This week Tropical Cyclone Gita has swept across islands of the Pacific causing substantial damage to homes, livelihoods, places of refuge, and places of prayer. This is certainly the case in Tonga where Gita made landfall late 12 February as a category 4 tropical storm. Winds raged between 110 and 275 kmph causing waves over 11 metres tall.
For many years, Caritas has partnered with organisations in Tonga, and around the Pacific. Part of our efforts have been connecting with teams on the ground to gather information on the needs of communities. Because of this ongoing relationship, Caritas Tonga was able to distribute emergency supplies within 24hrs of Cyclone Gita's destruction. Such supplies include tarpaulins for shelter, hygeine kits, first aid kits, and even kitchen sets.