Cyclone Ian, the Category 5 storm which brought winds in excess of 200km/h across northern Tonga, destroyed up to 95% of housing and food crops. In response, the Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) is preparing to distribute emergency food packs to almost 1,000 people facing critical food shortages.
“The distribution will take place about nine days after the cyclone hit Ha’apai,” said Robert Patton, Director, Emergency Management at ADRA New Zealand. “People are currently able to eat the damaged crops, but within a few days these will be inedible.”
“Timing the response to coincide with the food shortage will ensure almost 1,000 people have enough to survive.”
The packs will provide 160 families (approximately 960 people) food for a minimum of 14 days. The packs contain rice, sugar, flour, tinned fish, corned beef and cooking oil.
ADRA’s response is being implemented in partnership with the Seventh-day Adventist Church Mission in Tonga.