Cyclone Gita: How you can help relief efforts in Tonga

Tropical cyclone Gita has battered Tonga overnight in the worst storm to hit the country in decades. 

Graham Kenna of Tonga's National Emergency Office told RNZ every house in Nuku'alofa had been damaged.

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Disaster relief agencies in New Zealand wait to find out the extent of the damage.

Here's how you can help from home: 

THE NEW ZEALAND RED CROSS

The New Zealand Red Cross Pacific disaster relief fund ensures the Red Cross can respond quickly and efficiently to assist with the damage. 

People can donate to the standing relief fund immediately. 

Money donated can be released right away to help with the relief efforts, a spokeswoman for NZ Red Cross said. 

Visit the Red Cross website here or contact 0800 RED CROSS. (733 2767)

HABITAT FOR HUMANITY NEW ZEALAND 

Habitat for Humanity are preparing a response for Tonga and have started an Emergency Response Disaster Fund.

Donate and help rebuild communities in Tonga here or contact your local branch here

OXFAM

Oxfam's disaster relief work in the Pacific has provided clean water supply, sanitation, hygiene, and emergency food. 

You can make a one-off donation to Oxfam's disaster response fund here or contact 0800 600 700. 

SALVATION ARMY

A spokesman for the Salvation Army said staff in Tonga are helping with the clean up and housing families. 

At least 11 families were being housed by the Salvation Army during the cyclone. 

"We are working with the Tongan government and staff in Tonga to find out what the immediate and long-term needs are before an appeal is launched," the spokesman said.  

Keep an eye out here and on the Salvation Army Facebook page if you want to help. 

GO FUND ME 

A GoFundMe fundraising account 'Support for Tonga' has been set up by a Tongan expat.  

FREE CHURCH OF TONGA

People in Auckland who want to make donations or drop off food can contact the Reverend Iveni Tomu at the Free Church of Tonga in Māngere on 09 376 462.

"Our Church will be helping out… we will be fundraising and sending that back to Tonga," Isa Tomu said.

 - Stuff

Fuente: WAIKATO TIMES