Tropical Cyclone Gita swept across the small archipelago nation of Tonga in mid-February. With winds of up to 285 kilometres per hour, the cyclone caused widespread damage across large parts of the Pacific country, leaving many homeless and without power and other basic services. In response to substantial needs caused by the storm, the European Union released €400 000 in humanitarian aid funding to assist the most affected communities. A part of this funding has been channelled to the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) which was among the first humanitarian organisations to respond to the humanitarian crisis.
Story by Mallika Panorat, Information and Communications Assistant, EU Humanitarian Aid
Photos by IFRC and CARE International