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Tonga,United States : WORLD BANK supports reconstruction in TONGA

June 1, 2014

The World Bank approved US $12 million in grants and low-interest credits from the International Development Association s (IDA) Crisis Response Window to support the Cyclone Ian Reconstruction and Climate Resilience Project.

This project will help rebuild and repair hundreds of homes in Tonga and restore critical community facilities that were badly damaged by Tropical Cyclone Ian.

The Category 5 Cyclone was the most powerful storm recorded in the country, with winds of over 200 km per hour. The disaster had a devastating impact on the people of Ha apai.

One person died and 14 were injured. The cyclone caused damage to people s homes and agriculture, the main livelihood activity in the area, and hundreds of families were relocated to emergency shelters.

The World Bank estimated total physical damages and economic losses at US $50 million, which is 11% of the country s GDP.

This project has been designed to support recovery, to enable its people to get back on their feet, and ensure communities are prepared to deal with natural disasters in the future.

The World Bank is committed to assisting with recovery and reconstruction efforts effectively and as quickly as possible so that those affected by this tragic event can rebuild their lives.

The project will help rebuild housing for 200 of the poorest and most vulnerable families whose homes were destroyed or damaged. It will provide grants, training and advice to an estimated additional 900 households who need to repair or reconstruct, or to retrofit their homes to bring them up to climate-resilient standards.

The project will reconstruct and climate-proof critical community infrastructure as well.

The project will map coastal hazards and risks and provide training for tradespeople, local contractors, community leaders and others to help them plan and build infrastructure that is resilient to extreme weather events, such as earthquakes and cyclones, to reduce risks for the future.

The Kingdom of Tonga is made up of 169 islands in the South Pacific and is one of the most vulnerable countries from climate change and natural disasters. The country incurs on average US $15.5 million in losses due to earthquakes and tropical cyclones.

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Source: TendersInfo (India)

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