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ASDF plane carrying water arrives in disaster-hit Tonga

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Well Done! by Japan's Air Self-Defense Force and coordinated by the Japan International Cooperation Agency:

“A C-130 transport carrying drinking water arrived in Tonga on Sat, after an undersea volcanic eruption and a tsunami hit the islands last weekend. The plane left Japan on Thurs with potable water prepared by the government-linked aid agency.” -

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Would it not make more sense to send a couple of desalination machines plus fuel instead of physical water'?

Does it have to be either/or?

It takes time to procure desalination machines, set them up and get the water flowing; the bottled water is there waiting to go. Japan has huge stocks of water, never heard of Japan being big on desalination.

Get drinking water to the people as soon as possible, then set up the machines for long-term supply, if they're necessary.

Well done, JICA.

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‘80% of the population’s daily sustenance came from their own home-grown gardens. Covered in ash and contaminated fresh water supplies, the majority have been affected by the volcano eruption and tsunami.

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Any amount of drinking water will be appreciated by the people of Tonga, however, why is the quantity of water 2,600 litres omitted from the article.

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Would it not make more sense to send a couple of desalination machines plus fuel instead of physical water'?

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Would it not make more sense to send a couple of desalination machines plus fuel instead of physical water'?

HMAS Adelaide: The ship can make 150,000 liters of fresh water per day and generate enough power to power a city the size of Darwin;

HMNZS Aotearoa can carry 250,000 litres, and produce 70,000 litres per day through a desalination plant.

Between those two ships alone 220,000 liters a day can be made. at a minimum of 2 liters a day fresh drinking water per person they produce enough to ensure all 100,000 people in Tonga will have sufficient water if they are able to distribute it. Add shipments of bottled water from numerous generous nations like Japan and their needs for fresh water are covered for the short term.

NZ has three Navy ships assisting and all can produce fresh water. Australian navy is sending multiple ships also.

"The landing helicopter dock ship HMAS Adelaide will be deployed as a base for Australian helicopters that will service populations on outer islands".

The operation to assist Tonga is an International effort and regional neighbors are taking all necessary measures to provide the needed help for Tonga and its people.

Humanity at it's best when assisting those effected by disaster.

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Well Done by Japan's Air Self-Defense Force. During natural disasters countries need to work together like this. We are all humans.

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@drlucifer, my thoughts exactly.

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snowymountainhellJan. 23  07:11 am JST

Well Done! by Japan's Air Self-Defense Force and coordinated by the Japan International Cooperation Agency:

A land of plenty helping another that needs help. Kudos to the Land of the Rising Sun.

You remember, about 11 years ago Japan got socked with their worse Japanquake in 800 years and the entire world pitched in to help. Same for Haiti.

Now Japan returns the favor. Good going, guys!

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Well done! With six airports in Tonga, the C-130s can move water close to where it Is needed. They can even land in places not normally associated with aircraft.

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