India announces USD 200,000 immediate relief assistance to Tonga in the wake of tsunami
New Delhi: India on Tuesday extended deep sympathy to the Government and the people of Tonga for the damage and destruction caused by a tsunami that hit the region on Jan 15.
"As a close friend and partner under the Forum for India-Pacific Islands Cooperation (FIPIC) and as a gesture of solidarity with the friendly people of Tonga, Government of India extends an immediate relief assistance of US$ 200,000 to support relief, rehabilitation and reconstruction efforts in the Kingdom of Tonga," read a statement issued by the Ministry of External Affairs.
India said it has 'firmly' stood by Tonga during times of crisis and devastation caused by natural disasters, as during Cyclone Gita in 2018.
Disaster Risk Reduction and Management is an important pillar of India’s Indo-Pacific Oceans’ Initiative (IPOI) announced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in November 2019.