The islands of Tonga in the South Pacific have been devastated by Tropical Cyclone Gita. Winds of 230km/h have flattened parts of Parliament House and caused significant damage and injuries across the kingdom, which is made up on 176 islands, though only 40 are inhabited. Thankfully, no reports of causalities have been received. Australia and New Zealand have already dispatched emergency supplies.
We hope that no Swiss have come to harm. For those that have been affected and are in need of emergency help, please be advised that the Organisation of the Swiss Abroad is administering the ‘Schnyder von Wartensee Foundation’, which provides aid to Swiss victims of natural disasters. Please contact your CSA delegates or the Swiss Consulate General for more information.