Cyclone Gita wreaks havoc in Tonga's capital

15 February, 2018, 08:11 | Author: Hope Soto
  • Tonga: Cyclone Gita leaves trail of destruction

Leweniqila said crops on both islands had been damaged, but Fiji's most populated centres escaped serious harm as Cyclone Gita passed south of Fiji's capital, Suva.

Now, this cyclone has crossed abeam Fiji and is likely to move west southwards and weaken as it enter into relatively the cold water.

Most of the main island remains without power.

Seoul: A Seoul court sentenced Choi Soon-sil, a close friend of former President Park Geun-hye, to 20 years in prison on Tuesday for a string of corruption charges linked to a massive influence-peddling scandal that led to Park's impeachment. The damage on Tonga's outer islands has not been fully assessed, as information from there was slow to obtain.

Two of the New Zealand Pasifika media contingent in Tonga at work - John Pulu of Tagata Pasifika and TV1 News Pacific correspondent Barbara Dreaver.

There were no confirmed reports of deaths from the Category 4 storm that brought winds of around 200 kilometres per hour, but there were a lot of injured people, some seriously, said Graham Kenna, an Australian government adviser at Tonga's National Emergency Management Office.

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In this image made from a video, people stand near a house damaged by Tropical Cyclone Gita in Nuku'alofa, Tonga, Feb. 13, 2018.

Gita caused extensive damage in Samoa and American Samoa at the weekend, and hit Tonga hard on Monday night, causing widespread destruction and flooding.

The country was devastated by Cyclone Pam in 2015 and Mr Korisa said his office had been fielding calls from concerned people.

"It's fair to say we see ourselves as having a huge responsibility here - New Zealand has, in these situations in the past".

New Zealand Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters said emergency supplies had been stocked and prepared and were ready to be dispatched to the country. Gita is then expected to turn southwest east of New Caledonia.

The cyclone was heading towards Fiji's southern islands on Tuesday, and some forecasts warn it could intensify into a Category 5 storm.

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