14 Jun 2016

Money woes prevent flood help in Tonga

12:25 pm on 14 June 2016
The Tongan parliament buildings

The Tongan parliament buildings Photo: Tonga Parliament

Tonga's prime minister has told parliament there is not much the government can do to help victims of recent flooding because there is no money.

The main island, Tongatapu, experienced record rainfall last week which has flooded parts of the capital, Nuku'alofa.

In parliament yesterday, prime minister 'Akilisi Pohiva expressed concern about the living conditions people in flooded low-lying areas were facing.

However, he said there was little assistance the government could offer because the government didn't have the money.

Matangi Tonga reports the comments sparked a loud exchange in the house, with Mr Pohiva questioned on why there was no emergency fund.

Mr Pohiva said the government would be able to provide for pumps, but there was no funding for a permanent solution.