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Tonga to invest $15million to fix cyclone-damaged schools

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Tonga's government is planning to invest over $15million into reconstruction of schools damaged by Tropical Cyclone Gita in February.

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The government said 109 of Tonga's 150 schools were damaged affecting 23,000 students at all levels of education, Radio NZ reported.

It has announced a strategy to repair, retrofit and reconstruct both government and non-government schools so they can return to normal for their students as soon as possible.

So far half $1 million has been spent on the repair of government schools and a relief grant of $1.5million has been given to non-government schools for minor repairs and fixing water and santitation.

However the government hopes the bulk of the funding, $13million, will come from a request made to the World Bank to fund reconstruction and upgrading of the damaged school building stock, making the schools more resilient to future natural disasters.

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