20 Mar 2014

World Bank pledges US$8 million for Tonga rebuild after Cyclone Ian

2:55 pm on 20 March 2014

The World Bank has promised Tonga more than 8 million US dollars to help build temporary homes for families affected by Cyclone Ian.

The cyclone killed one person, damaged 800 homes and displaced about half the population of the Ha'apai group.

The deputy prime minister and minister for infrastructure, Samiu Vaipulu, has told Radio Tonga school and office construction is not included in the World Bank funding, but there are plans for those buildings too.

The broadcaster reports the World Bank is likely to release the funding in June or July.

Part of the construction costs will be funded by the Tongan government.

The minister says the government is doing its best to help revive Ha'apai's economy.