Pacific

Tropical Cyclone Gita February 2018

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Fiji, Samoa, Tonga
| Pacific

Overview of the situation

Tropical Cyclone Gita passed by Samoa on 10 February 2018, Niue on 11 February 2018, Tonga on 12 February and Fiji on February 13, as a destructive Category 4 storm. It caused extensive flooding in low lying, coastal and river areas around Savai’I and Upolu. There was widespread flooding especially in the Vaisigano catchment area. 

Pacific Humanitarian Team professionals are supporting Government and partners in responding to the immediate health, shelter and water and sanitation needs of affected communities in Tonga. Essential supplies are being sent to support children to return to school and dignity kits for displaced persons. Assistance to support early recovery and education response is now being deployed.

As of 23 February, 205 families are still in evacuation centers as a result of Tropical Cyclone Gita. The number of evacuation centres has decreased from 96 at the height of the disaster to 46, with 41 in Tongatapu and five in Eua. Humanitarian partners continue to support the Government-led response through the National Emergency Management Office (NEMO), line Ministries and national clusters. Following TC Gita, more than 1,900 houses and 85 schools have been damaged. There has also been a significant impact on agriculture, with 80 per cent of fruit trees and 50 per cent of root crops damaged.

Key Figures

Government, humanitarian and private sector actors are coordinating action on the ground to provide support and deliver aid to the people in need. In Tonga, which is the most affected island after Cyclone Gita, here are the reported damage. 

4,521

Number of people displaced

2,000

Damaged homes

80%

Homes without power

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Humanitarian relief supplies

  • 7 Australian Defence Force (ADF) C-17 Globemaster flights transported humanitarian relief supplies and technical teams
  • 135 tonnes of humanitarian supplies were provided
  • Emergency shelter tool kits were provided for over 2000 families

Technical teams

  • A medical specialist was deployed to conduct a health assessment
  • 4 Disaster Assistant Response Team members were deployed to conduct structural assessments of damaged public buildings
  • 6 DFAT crisis response experts were deployed to support implementation of Australia’s response

Protection services

  • 2 tents were provided to serve as women friendly spaces
  • Solar lights were provided to over 2000 families

Wash and health support

  • 1000 dengue test kits were provided to Tonga Health
  • Supplies to assist the sexual and reproductive health and safety of more than 2000 women
  • 200 clean birthing kits were provided to the community

Early recovery

  • 5 large generators to provide emergency electricity to village health clinics and up to 1000 homes
  • Early recovery support through civil society partners and the Red Cross Movement
  • 20 electrical line mechanics working with Tonga Power Limited to restore electricity across Tongatapu
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Situation report

Last updated: 7 Jan - 08:09 from ReliefWeb

TROPICAL CYCLONE ADVISORY NUMBER 3 FOR TONGA ON TROPICAL CYCLONE MONA
ISSUED FROM THE FUA’AMOTU TROPICAL CYCLONE WARNING CENTRE AT 2:00PM MONDAY 07 JANUARY 2019 TONGAN ………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….. A TROPICAL CYCLONE WARNING REMAINS INFORCE FOR HA’APAI, TONGATAPU AND ‘EUA AND IS NOW CANCELLED FOR VAVA’U. WARNINGS FOR LAND AREAS: A GALE WARNING REMAINS INFORCE FOR HA’APAI, TONGATAPU AND ‘EUA LAND AREAS AND COASTAL WATERS. A STRONG WIND WARNING REMAINS INFORCE FOR THE NIUAS AND IS NOW INFORCE FOR VAVA’U LAND AREAS AND COASTAL WATERS.

A HEAVY DAMAGING SWELL ADVISORY REMAINS INFORCE FOR ALL TONGA COASTAL WATERS.

A HEAVY RAIN WARNING AND FLASH FLOOD ADVISORY REMAINS INFORCE FOR ALL OF TONGA LAND AREAS.

SITUATION: TROPICAL CYCLONE MONA (CATEGORY 1) WAS LOCATED AT LATITUDE 19.2S AND LONGITUDE 177.1W OR ABOUT 320KM WEST OF NEIAFU, VAVA’U, 280KM WEST-NORHTWEST OF HA’AFEVA AND NOMUKA, 300KM WEST-NORTHWEST OF LIFUKA AND 315KM NORTHWEST OF NUKU’ALOFA AT 01:00PM THIS AFTERNOON. TROPICAL CYCLONE MONA HAS AN AVERAGE WINDS OF 40-45 KNOTS NEAR ITS CENTRE AND IS MOVING SOUTH-SOUTHEAST AT A SPEED OF ABOUT 24KM/HR (12 KNOTS). ON ITS CURRENT TRACK TROPICAL CYCLONE MONA IS EXPECTED TO LIE AT ABOUT 220KM WEST-NORTHWEST OF NUKU’ALOFA AT 7:00PM THIS EVENING. MEANWHILE, AN ACTIVE TROUGH OF LOW PRESSURE SYSTEM LIES SLOW MOVING BETWEEN VAVA’U AND HA’APAI. ASSOCIATED CLOUDS WITH PERIODS OF HEAVY RAIN AND STRONG TO GALE FORCE WINDS WILL AFFECT THE GROUP. FOR THE NIUAS: NORTH TO NORTHWEST WINDS 15-20 KNOTS (30-40KM/HR), GRADUALLY INCREASING TO STRONG WINDS OF 25-30 KNOTS (50-60KM/HR) AT TIMES THIS EVENING. MOSTLY CLOUDY WITH OCCASIONAL SHOWERS POSSIBLY HEAVY AT TIMES WITH ISOLATED THUNDERSTORMS. ROUGH SEAS. A HEAVY DAMAGING NORTHERLY SWELL. POOR VISIBILITY IN AREA OF HEAVY RAIN AND THUNDERSTORMSFOR VAVA’U: NORTH TO NORTHEAST WINDS 15-20 KNOTS (30-40KM/HR), INCREASING TO STRONG WINDS OF 25-30 KNOTS (50-60KM/HR) AT TIMES LATER EVENING. MOSTLY CLOUDY WITH OCCASIONAL SHOWERS POSSIBLY HEAVY AT TIMES WITH ISOLATED THUNDERSTORMS. ROUGH SEAS. A HEAVY DAMAGING NORTHERLY SWELL. POOR VISIBILITY IN AREA OF HEAVY RAIN AND THUNDERSTORMSFOR HA’APAI, TONGATAPU AND ‘EUA:

EAST TO SOUTHEAST WINDS 15-20 KNOTS (30-40KM/HR), WITH MOMENTARY GUSTS UP TO 35-40 KNOTS (75-80KM/HR) AT TIMES BY TONIGHT AND EARLY TOMORROW MORNING. MOSTLY CLOUDY AND OVERCAST WITH OCCASIONAL SHOWERS, POSSIBLY HEAVY AT TIMES. ROUGH TO VERY ROUGH SEAS. A HEAVY DAMAGING SOUTHEASTERLY SWELL. POOR VISIBILITY IN AREA OF HEAVY RAIN AND THUNDERSTORM.

TIDE PREDICTION LOW TIDE : 02:30PM HIGH TIDE : 08:40PM THE MEAN SEA LEVEL PRESSURE RECORDED AT FUA’AMOTU AIRPORT AT 2:00PM WAS 1007.5 MILLIBARS AND THE RELATIVE HUMIDITY WAS 94%. THE NEXT TROPICAL CYCLONE ADVISORY FOR TONGA WILL BE ISSUED ABOUT 05:00PM TODAY …………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….. FCD: OF/MT/LF/SF/FH= CRS: FL

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