APIA: MONDAY 04 FEBRUARY 2014: Cabinet endorsed financial assistance of $50,000.00 Pa’anga for the Kingdom of Tonga to help with relief and recovery efforts after Cyclone Ian hit the Tongan group earlier this month. This amount equates to over $60,000.00 Samoan Tala.
One person died and many casualties were reported as a result of the cyclone. Many homes and farms were damaged, and water supplies were affected, especially in the island of Ha’apai.
A Cabinet release said the he assistance highlights close relations between the Governments of Samoa and Tonga. Samoa also received assistance from the Kingdom of Tonga after Cyclone Evan in 2012.