Red Cross opens donations to Tonga disaster response

20 January 2022

Australian Red Cross has called for donations to help the disaster relief efforts underway in Tonga.

Red Cross has today established communications with Tonga Red Cross, who have confirmed that access to clean water will be a priority as the water sources have been polluted with volcanic ash. Aerial assessments have also confirmed that homes have been destroyed on the Mango, Fonoifua and Namuka Islands.

“We are today sending essential items by sea to Tonga, including water container, tarpaulins, shelter kits, solar lanterns and mosquito nets. The supplies should reach the islands in the coming days,” said Australian Red Cross Acting Director of International Programs Penny Harrison.

“It’s now clear the volcanic eruption and ensuing tsunami have caused significant damage to the remote island communities and more relief supplies will be needed over the coming weeks and months.

“Australian Red Cross is seeking public support for our International Disaster Fund to urgently raise funds immediate Tongan relief effort. As information comes in about further needs the funds raised will all help support Tonga Red Cross as it works to provide access to safe drinking water and provide essential relief items to those who have lost their homes.”

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