India provides $ 2 lakh assistance to Tsunami hit Tonga

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The Government of India has announced an immediate relief of USD 2 lakh  to the Kingdom of Tonga for reconstruction and  rehabilitation work.

  • The Pacific island country was hit by a Tsunami caused by an undersea Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha'apai volcanic eruption on 15 January 2022. 
  • According to  American National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) the the Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha'apai volcano eruption  was hundreds of times stronger than the US atomic bomb dropped on the Japanese city of Hiroshima in August 1945,
  •  According to NASA the Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha'apai volcano spewed debris as high as 40 kilometres  into the atmosphere during the January 15 eruption that triggered huge tsunami waves.
  • The volcanic ash  blanketed the country having a population of  about 100,000 in a layer of toxic ash, poisoning drinking water, destroying crops and completely wiping out at least two villages.
  •  Neighbouring countries New Zealand, Australia and Japan are providing relief material to the country 

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