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Tonga ships food to Niuas

NUKUA’LOFA (Radio and TV Tonga/PINA) — Emergency food aid is being sent to Tonga’s northernmost islands, the Niuas, as the impact of cyclone Waka begins to hit people there.
The food is being sent to Niuatoputapu and Niuafo’ou on the inter-island ferry MV Olovaha. Niuafo’ou is on the outskirts of the Tongan group and more than 600 kilometers from Nuku’alofa.
The food shortage is expected to be critical in a few weeks’ time.
Almost all of the root crops and fruit trees of Niuatoputapu and Niuafo’ou were destroyed when tropical cyclone Waka bashed the two northernmost islands on New Year’s Eve. Queen Halaevalu Mata’aho and the Honorable Ma’atu donated food items such as flour, sugar and rice as well as root crops. It is being shipped together with hundreds of bags of rice, sugar and flour from the National Council of Churches.
National Disaster and Management Committee official Maliu Takai said with this additional shipment the islanders should be able to stock up food supplies before the next call of the MV Olovaha in two months.
Tongans abroad and churches as well as overseas governments have been very helpful to the two islands, according to Maliu.
The MV Olovaha is also taking food items and clothing as well as other supplies to cyclone-stricken islanders in Ha’apai and Vava’u.
Meanwhile, French Polynesia’s President Gaston Flosse, making his second visit to the northern island of Vava’u, was impressed with the rehabilitation work on schools being done through his government’s funding.