State of emergency in Tonga

By: Cheerienne Wilson

 

TongaA state of emergency has been declared in Tonga as Tropical Cyclone Ula passed close by, bringing with it gusts of up to 150kmh and potential flooding.

Prime Minister ‘Akilisi Pohiva declared a state of emergency for the Vava’u and Ha’apai islands.

Hundreds of people have evacuated from their homes in Tonga.

There are no reported casualties.

The northern island of Vava’u took the brunt of the category three cyclone which was packing winds up to 150 kilometres per hour.

There are currently 11 evacuation centres and over 390 people were relocated to these evacuation centres.

The storm brought down trees, damaged crops, and the main airport was closed to domestic flights.

Power was out in Vava’u and Nei-afu.

Tonga’s Fua’amotu Tropical Cyclone Warning Centre had a tropical cyclone warning in place for Vava’u, Ha’apai, Tongatapu and ‘Eua.

 

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