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Tonga hit by worst storm in 60-years

February 13, 2018

The islands of Tonga have been devastated by Tropical Cyclone Gita with winds of 230km/h flattening parts of Parliament House and causing significant damage and injuries across the kingdom.

Gita hit Tonga around 8pm on Monday night and peaked between 11pm and 2am, slamming on to the south coast of the main island of Tongatapu, bringing down electricity lines, smashing churches and levelling fruit trees and crops vital to the island’s livelihood.

Communications were lost overnight as Gita ripped the roof off the Tonga meteorological office as well as taking the national broadcaster off air for a time.

It is the strongest cyclone to pass so close to the main islands of Tonga in the modern record (at least 60 years).

New Zealand has released $750,000 in emergency relief funding, and prime minister Jacinda Ardern said the defence force was on standby to deploy as soon as Tongan authorities specified what assistance they required from her government.

Tonga’s emergency response team said they were struggling to assess damage around the capital and the islands due to debris blocking roads and downed power lines, and were not likely to have a comprehensive assessment of the disaster until Wednesday.

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1

I love Tongan

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My friend is Tongan πŸ™ She is gonna be upset when I tell her πŸ™

3

Tongan is beautiful

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Not cool

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I LIVE IN nz AND THE STORM IS COMING HERE! well supose to

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So Sad about Tonga

7

I am 9 years old and was in tonga
When than happen

But hen the army came to tonga in helicoper and oook my fimly to New Zland
😭😭😭

8

suppose to come 2 nz.

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I heard its suppose 2 come 2nz

10

this is a really good site

11

wow thats amazing i feel bad for all the people in tonga

12

I am devastated by what has been happening and i hope it gets fixed QUICK!

14

thats amazing