Relief Supplies Headed to Tonga After Volcanic Eruption

February 11, 2022 • Tonga
Our teams loaded emergency shelter material from our warehouse in North Wilkesboro, North Carolina.
Our teams loaded emergency shelter material from our warehouse in North Wilkesboro, North Carolina.

Samaritan’s Purse is sending emergency aid to help hurting families in the South Pacific.

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Many people are still in need after an underwater volcano erupted and triggered a subsequent tsunami in Tonga. The waves caused significant damage, reaching nearly four feet on Tonga’s largest island of Tongatapu and flooding many homes and roads. A massive volcanic ash cloud also covered island communities for days, contaminating water and food supplies.

Samaritan’s Purse is sending more than 300 rolls of heavy-duty emergency shelter material to Tonga. The shelter material is being trucked from North Wilkesboro, North Carolina, to California, where it will be loaded onto a shipping container. The Tonga Consul General, Sela Tukia, in San Francisco is involved in the coordination of this relief shipment, which will also include helpful items gathered by Bay Area residents who hail from the island nation.

Reports suggest that the Tonga volcanic eruption is the world’s biggest since 1991, when Mount Pinatubo erupted in the Philippines. Tonga is located about 500 miles east of Fiji and includes more than 170 islands. Its remote location, combined with concerns over the spread of COVID-19, has made recovery and distribution of aid difficult. Some areas of the country were cut off from the rest of the world for several weeks after the eruption and tsunami.

Please pray for the people of Tonga as they continue moving forward in the wake of this disaster. Pray that they will come to know the steadfast, abundant love that God has for them.

Thirty tons of emergency relief from Samaritan's Purse has arrived in the Bahamas.
International Emergency Relief When natural disasters strike or armed conflict causes people to flee, Samaritan's Purse responds quickly to bring relief to those in urgent need. We can provide food, clean water, and shelter, among other necessities. One way we help in disaster situations is by handing out “family survival kits” that include warm blankets, buckets with water filters, cooking utensils, soap, and other daily essentials. For just $45, we can provide a lifeline to a family that has lost everything, to help them get back on their feet.

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