Puneites appeals help for Tsunami affected Kingdom of Tonga


Pune : Policenama onlineKingdom of Tonga – a country in South Pacific has been the center of Volcanic eruption followed by tsunami and ash which led to destruction of many houses. The capital city, the airport on Tongatapu was heavily affected.


Puneite educationist Professor Rakesh Mittal has appealed to help, support fund raising activity started by Pita Taufatofua (Olympian athlete of Tonga and a UNICEF ambassador),through a website gofund.me/c732d878.

After the volcano and Tsunami,The undersea cable was damaged, which impacted the Internet and telephone connection throughout Tonga. Tonga is currently discontinued from the world due to this damage. Australia and New Zealand have been prompt in providing assistance. The national flag bearer of Tonga at the Olympics Mr. Pita has started a fund raising activity. Also Unicef has come forward to provide relief and aid to Tonga.


Rakesh Mittal said,’I am pleased and proud to say that I have been to the Kingdom of Tonga seven times from 2014 till 2018. Being founder member of Commonwealth Vocational University at Tongatapu, I got to stay in the kingdom of Tonga and interact with Tongans’.


The connection between India and the Kingdom of Tonga is quite old. King Topou IV had visited India in 1971 and 1976. King Topou and many from Royal families have been to India for military training. Also there are Tongan students studying in India.
Former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi had visited the Kingdom of Tonga in 1981 during her tenure.


The Tongans are very friendly and welcome with open hearts. Usually there are cyclones in South Pacific, however this time it is Volcanic Eruption followed by tsunami which has brought a lot of destruction.

Rakesh Mittal further said,’We as Commonwealth Vocational University shall be assisting the government with as much as possible from here in India.

However I request that those who are interested can contribute to the fund raising activity started by Mr. Pita Taufatofua’.





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