Tropical Cyclone Ian ripped through the Ha'apai islands in Tonga in January 2014, destroying buildings and homes. A state of emergency was declared.
Oxfam had staff on the ground and launched an emergency response to address the most urgent needs for people in Tonga's northern island group of Ha'apai. Thanks to the generosity of our supporters and the New Zealand Aid Programme, Oxfam has made a positive impact in the lives of those who were hit hardest.
With our partner the Tonga National Youth Congress (TNYC), we were able to launch a three-pronged response: enabling access to safe water, ensuring sanitation needs were met, and helping people recover their livelihoods so they can earn a living and support themselves and their families.
Oxfam's response: five months on - July 2014 (PDF)
We continue to work with TNYC and communities in Tonga to increase people's resilience and enable them to recover quickly when disaster strikes.
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.