Tonga Volcanic Eruption
On January 14, 2022, Tonga, an archipelagic Polynesian country in the South Pacific, experienced its worst volcanic event in over thirty years. The explosive underwater eruption of the Hunga-Tonga-Hunga-Ha’apai volcano severed the cable that connects the country to the outside world, leaving islanders cut off from the outside world as their country was flooded by tsunamis and buried in volcanic ash.
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Organizations Responding to the Tonga Volcanic Eruption
International Federation Of Red Cross And Red Crescent Societies: Trained Tonga Red Cross teams are on the ground supporting evacuations in coordination with public authorities, providing first aid if needed, and distributing prepositioned relief supplies. Red Cross currently has enough relief supplies in the country to support 1200 households with essential items such as tarpaulins, blankets, kitchen sets, shelter tool kits and hygiene kits.
Australian Red Cross Society: “Right now, our focus is to send supplies that we believe will bolster the Tonga Red Cross disaster response. This includes equipment to help ensure citizens have access to safe drinking water, materials to repair shelters, and mosquito nets to protect communities from the spread of dengue in Tonga”