The full scale of destruction is beginning to emerge from Tonga in the aftermath of the severe tropical cyclone Gita.
Oxfam is on standby to respond to Cyclone Gita, as latest forecasts predict the storm could intensify up to a category 5 cyclone before affecting Tonga later tonight.
As Cyclone Winston bears down on Tonga, Oxfam New Zealand is preparing a two-pronged response: helping local communities recover from cyclone damage and ensuring the risk of the present Zika virus spreading is minimised.
The extent of damage in Tonga is becoming more clear in the wake of Cyclone Ula.
Oxfam New Zealand is ready to respond to cyclone Ula, which swept through Tonga overnight and is expected to continue its course through the country until this evening.
At least four million people in the Pacific face hunger, water shortages and risk of disease this year and next due to droughts and erratic rains, influenced by climate change and the likely development of a ‘super El Niño’.
Award sees Oxfam team up with Deloitte New Zealand to improve disaster relief in the Pacific
Oxfam New Zealand has sent an emergency response team to Tonga today and is gearing up its aid efforts following reports of complete destruction left by Cyclone Ian to the northern islands of Ha’apai.
Oxfam New Zealand is preparing to send staff to Tonga within 48 hours to assess the situation on the ground and identify the most urgent needs for people following reports of severe damage caused by Cyclone Ian to Tonga's northern island group of Ha'apai.
Oxfam New Zealand is ready to respond to cyclone Ian which is due to hit Tonga overnight. Ian is slow moving, which leads to greater destruction. Heavy rain, strong winds, high swells and flash flooding are expected.