Australia-New Zealand send aid to devastated Tonga
Published: 05:04 PM, 20 January 2022 Updated: 05:04 PM, 20 January 2022
Australia and New Zealand have finally sent aid to devastated Tonga to deal with the aftermath of a volcanic eruption and tsunami. After about four days, the two countries are sending aid to the island nation in the Pacific Ocean.
The BBC quoted the Australian military as saying that the country's aid plane would land in Tonga on Thursday with water, food and communications equipment.
New Zealand ships will also arrive in Tonga on the same day. The country has said it will ship 250,000 liters of pure water and a water separator.
Water containers, temporary shelters, generators used in power generation, and equipment used in health care have also been taken on aid planes and ships with the help of a large number of people affected by the disaster.
New Zealand's defense minister, Penny Henner, has said that Tonga now needs clean water.
The Tongan government has requested that in addition to the healthcare program, care against COVID should also be carried out in a timely manner.
According to the BBC, the staff recostructed the runway of the airport to make it suitable for air travel.
At least three people have been killed in a volcanic eruption and tsunami that struck the seabed last Saturday. The communication system in the country is completely broken.
Pictures taken from a New Zealand Air Force observation plane show the country's coastal villages have submerged. On the other hand, many parts of the island are covered with volcanic ash, creating serious health risks. The supply of pure water has also been cut off. Rescuers and volunteers helped remove ashes from the capital, Nukualofa, on Wednesday.