In short: Information from across the Pacific for 18 February

A Samoan seasonal employee who dies was getting ready to return house; one other earthquake strikes New Caledonia and Tonga’s catastrophe authorities get new facility

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Deceased Samoan seasonal employee was getting ready to return house

A Samoan seasonal employee who collapsed and died in New Zealand final week was getting ready to return to Samoa on a repatriation flight.

The Samoa Observer newspaper reported the 39-year-old father from Savaii died in Timaru on Thursday, the day earlier than he was about to depart for Auckland to catch the flight to Samoa.

The Ministry of Commerce Business and Labour Assistant Chief Govt Officer, Lemalu Nele Leilua, confirmed the dying of the meat processing employee.

The employee didn’t have Covid-19, with officers saying he had produced a detrimental Covid check.

Lemalu stated a autopsy has been accomplished however the coroner had but to launch the outcomes.

The employee had not completed his contract however was returning house for a household matter.

New Caledonia hit by one other quake

A magnitude 6.1 earthquake struck southeast of the Loyalty Islands in New Caledonia.

The U.S. Geological Survey stated the quake had a depth of 12.6 kilometres.

A magnitude 7.7 earthquake struck the identical space final week, triggering a tsunami warning for New Caledonia and its neighbours.

Tonga’s catastrophe authorities get new facility

A brand new warehouse has been constructed for Tonga’s Nationwide Emergency Administration Workplace to stockpile items to help the workforce in occasions of disasters.

The NEMO warehouse was commissioned this week at Poutaha and funded by the Australian authorities.

It has been designed and constructed to be vulnerable to tropical cyclones, earthquakes, tsunami and droughts.

Australia plans to supply an extra $US31,000 to put in 14 water tanks, guttering and connections on the warehouse, to offer NEMO the power to answer any want for water from affected villages.

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