20 Dec 2017

ADB provides $US15m for Pacific disaster resilience

12:06 pm on 20 December 2017

The Asian Development Bank is providing US$15 million worth of grants and loans to help Samoa, Tonga and Tuvalu develop their disaster resilience.

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) is an Asia regional development organization dedicated to reducing poverty in Asia and the Pacific.

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) is an Asia regional development organization dedicated to reducing poverty in Asia and the Pacific. Photo: AFP/ Jay Directo

Both Samoa and Tonga will get loans of $US3.1 million and grants of $US2.9 million, while Tuvalu will receive a grant of $US3 million.

An ADB climate change specialist, Hanna Uusimaa, said the programme would facilitate faster recovery and reconstruction and significantly reduce the costs caused by delays after a disaster.

The ADB has already supported a similar programme in the Cook Islands.

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