His Majesty King Tupou VI said he was concerned over the recent increasing rate of deaths caused by abusing of alcohol and using of prohibited drugs.
He said it was unfortunate that Tonga has suffered tropical cyclone Gita without many fatalities and after that its people had been killed on road accidents and alleged murder cases.
As Kaniva News reported, there had been 11 deaths in Tongatapu and Vava’u since February 4.
Among those 11 cases, five were suspected murder cases while six had been deaths in road accidents.
One woman reportedly died in cyclone Gita.
There had been several other road accidents which have been reported on social media.
The king said these incidents have affected the Tongan community as a whole and all sectors of the society should take charge and help to resolve them.
The king’s statement was delivered live on air from Tonga Parliament in Tofoa by Lord Vaea.
He said for the community stakeholders to work together to fight against these problems it will bring hope to the nation while it was in its recovery process after the category 5 storm.
He said Tonga should appreciate the assistance from overseas countries and donors to help its people after cyclone Gita.
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