Responding to the Volcano and Tsunami in Tonga

Responding to the Volcano and Tsunami in Tonga

Web Statement

February 1, 2022

Episcopal Relief & Development, in collaboration with the Anglican Alliance, is supporting the Anglican Diocese of Polynesia and Anglican Missions after the Hunga Tonga – Hunga Ha’apai Volcano eruption on January 15, 2022. The underwater volcano’s eruption caused a tsunami that damaged many Tongan islands with 5-10 foot waves. Additionally, ashes from the eruption have contaminated water and food supplies.

Anglican Alliance is coordinating an emergency response to distribute supplies such as tools, building materials, water containers and purification tablets, food and hygiene kits. Read more about the Church’s response here

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