Tonga volcano eruption appeal
Images by the New Zealand Defense Force showed the initial extent of damage in Tonga — with buildings severely damaged and gray ash covering the ground
As you have no doubt seen in the media, on Saturday a volcanic eruption and subsequent tsunami in Tonga has left homes destroyed and resulted in thousands evacuated and a rising death toll.
The small island nation remains all but cut off from the outside world as damaged fibre-optic cables limit communications and ash from the eruption affects water supplies and prevents air arrivals.
The Tongan government yesterday issued its first official statement since the eruption, describing the incident an “unprecedented disaster”. Whilst the full scale of the damage is being assessed, satellite images show smoke and ashes blanketing the islands and extensive damage with all but the largest buildings destroyed or severely damaged.
Despite limited communications in these early days, it is clear that there will be a significant emergency relief effort and longer term recovery for the people of Tonga. New Zealand Regional Hospitaller, Bevan Killick, who has numerous connections in Tonga is making enquiries as to how we can best assist.
We please ask you consider a tax deductible donation to our Emergency Relief Fund so that we can respond quickly to emerging needs in Tonga following this disaster.