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Case Announces Additional $2.5 Million To Aid Tonga In The Aftermath Of Destructive Volcanic Eruption

Case and his Pacific Islands Caucus also wrote President Biden urging immediate and full action to assist our Pacific neighbor

(Honolulu, HI) – Congressman Ed Case (HI-01) today announced that the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) is providing an additional $2.5 million in critical assistance to the Kingdom of Tonga in the aftermath of the destructive eruption of the Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha’apai volcano.

“This funding is in addition to the initial $100,000 already provided to the Tonga Red Cross Society that will fund critical water, sanitation and hygiene supplies and support disease prevention campaigns to reduce the spread of infectious disease,” said Case.

The humanitarian aid comes after the underwater volcano erupted on January 15th local time in Tonga, the biggest recorded anywhere on the planet in 30 years which triggered widespread damage to Tonga as well as a tsunami that was felt across the Pacific.

Earlier this week, Case and his fellow co-chairs  of his bipartisan Pacific Islands Caucus in the U. S. House sent a letter to President Biden, with copies to Secretary of State Antony Blinken, Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin, and USAID Administrator Samantha Power, urging immediate and full action to assist Tonga.

The letter states “Given reports of extensive damage from both the tsunami and ashfall, we are deeply concerned for the health and welfare of the roughly 100,000 residents of Tonga.”

In their letter, the Members of Congress added: “We stand ready to work with you to ensure that assistance is promptly delivered to address this ongoing disaster and that support continues as Tonga rebuilds.”

Attachment: letter to President Biden dated January 21, 2022