May 28, 2022
Jan. 26, 2022, shows disaster relief materials are loaded onto two Chinese Air Force transport aircraft heading for Tonga at the Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport in Guangzhou, south China's Guangdong Province.

Chinese Aid Arrives Tonga

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Much needed aid arrives the tiny island kingdom.

China has dispatched a fleet of People’s Liberation Army Air Force Xian Y-20 transport planes carrying much needed aid for the tsunami hit Tonga. The tiny island kingdom in the Pacific had suffered a volcanic eruption on December 20 and a tsunami on the 15th of January.

Location of Tonga

The supplies loaded onto the Y-20s at the  Baiyun International Airport in Guangzhou, south China’s Guangdong Province were food, drinking water, water purifiers, tents, prefab houses, tractors and radio communication equipment all more than 120 tonnes with more supplies to arrive by sea by early February.

The two military planes landed in the Tongan capital Nuku’alofa on Friday. They were warmly greeted by Chinese Embassy diplomats in Tonga and the representatives from the local Chinese community.

Tonga had requested aid from China and the Chinese military dispatched the two Air Force transport aircraft to deliver the relief supplies to the island nation despite adverse conditions such as volcanic ash.

Tsunami waves hit Tonga on Jan. 15 following a series of violent volcanic eruptions on December 20 from underwater Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha’apai volcano, 65 km north of the Tongan capital.

The tsunami had a significant impact on part of the foreshore of Tonga, with boats and large boulders washed ashore and shops along the coast damaged. Three deaths have been confirmed so far.

Source Xinhua/AP

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