World Tonga on 'long road to reconstruction' after Gita

16:16  14 february  2018
16:16  14 february  2018 Source:   MSN

Cyclone razes Wallaby prop's Tongan home

  Cyclone razes Wallaby prop's Tongan home The family of Wallaby and Queensland Reds prop Taniela Tupou are among those to have their home wiped out when category four Cyclone Gita battered Tonga.Wallaby prop Taniela Tupou has asked for donations after his family home was among dozens flattened when Cyclone Gita battered Tonga.

Iraq says reconstruction after war on Islamic State to cost billion. [20:42] Conflicts. British PM Theresa May to set out ‘ Road to Brexit’ in speech. [12:04] Politics. A hopeless feeling waking up to aftermath of Cyclone Gita in # Tonga from abroad .

Wednesday, 14 February 2018, 3:02 pm Press Release: Christian World Service. CWS appeals for Tonga after Cyclone Gita . Tongans are working hard to clear roads and restore infrastructure including power and water supply.

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An Air Force Orion will take to the air over Tonga on Wednesday to get a better idea of the carnage left behind in Cyclone Gita's path.

Cyclone Gita: Homes destroyed on Fiji's Ono-i-Lau island

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Tonga 's parliament house is among the buildings destroyed by Cyclone Gita , which has hit the nation's capital. Your web browser is no longer supported. Heart with those not in solid structure this is bad gita # tonga .

A wave hits heavy machinery as emergency personnel work on a flooded road in Nelson, after the downgraded Tropical Cyclone Fehi brought heavy rain in New Zealand, in this Tags: WELLINGTON Sydeny cyclone Gita Tonga . Long robes not necessary attire for Saudi women — senior cleric.

The same Defence Force plane that touched down on Tuesday with 12 tonnes of aid supplies, including shelter, hygiene kits, containers and tarpaulins, will take the aerial photos.

"That will allow us to figure out where the major areas are hit," Joint Forces Acting Commander Air Commodore Kevin McEvoy told Newshub.

"But the 10-person team that we've got up there will give us the assessment on the ground in conjunction with the Tongan authorities.

"We've got a pretty well-oiled contingency response plan built around disasters in the south-west Pacific.

"Unfortunately it's been too well-practiced in the recent times."

The cyclone barrelled through the pacific nation on Monday night, flattening buildings and uprooting trees in its path with 233km/h winds.

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A battered Nuku‘alofa yesterday began cleaning up after the most powerful cyclone ever recorded in the Tongan capital tore roofs off buildings, downed Veteran disaster management officials were shocked at the fury of Severe Cyclone Gita as it unleashed 230kph winds on Tonga ’s most populous

This satellite image shows Tropical Cyclone Gita on Monday, Feb. 12, 2018. NOAA. He said that after hitting Tonga , the cyclone was forecast to travel west before slowly dissipating. Kabul under siege while America's longest war rages on.

Thousands of people have been forced out of their homes but the full extent of the damage is unlikely to be clear until power is restored next week.

One person is reported dead and three more seriously injured.

  Tonga on 'long road to reconstruction' after Gita © Provided by MediaWorks NZ Limited

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade is leading New Zealand's response with Tongan Authorities, but aid agencies are preparing for the worst.

"We don't expect that the housing will fare very well in a Category 4 storm like the one that's been through Tonga," Habitat for Humanity chief executive Claire Szabo told Newshub.

"There will be some immediate shelter needs that we're going to be responding to and then of course there's a longer term long road of reconstruction after these disasters."

Most of Fiji dodged the cyclone, which headed their way after hitting Tonga, making landfall over the country's most isolated islands.

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WELLINGTON (Reuters) - Emergency services in Tonga were working to reopen roads on Tuesday and assess what assistance they may need after Cyclone Gita tore across the Pacific island nation in the middle of the night.

© Image China/REX/Shutterstock A huge crack is seen on Jihua Xi Road after a 30-metre- long (100-foot- long ) stretch caved in near the No.1 Ring Road Bridge. Cyclone Gita : Tonga devastated by worst storm in 60 years.

Communication and power is cut off to Ono-i-Lau and Vatoa in the southern Lau Islands, but Vilame Duimanu from Fiji's Disaster Management Office says current reports are looking positive.

"[Fiji] only has two houses completely damaged. The damage is mostly on the farms. There are no casualty reports."

But Mr Duimanu says they won't know the full extent of damage until contact with the islands can be made.

"There's no power supply on those islands. They still use generators."

a close up of a tree © Image - Twitter; Video - Newshub. The Defence Force says they're prepared to extend the relief efforts to Fiji if necessary.

"We do have contingency plans that we could potentially support both relief efforts to Tonga and to Fiji," Mr McEvoy says.

"As hard as that will be, that's what the Defence Force does in terms of contingency planning.

"We're here to help people."

On Tuesday the Government announced it would give an initial $750,000 in aid to Tonga.

Knee reconstruction for Blues' AFLW skipper Brianna Davey .
Carlton captain Brianna Davey will miss the rest of the 2018 AFLW season after rupturing her ACL against the Giants on Friday night.Carlton's worst fears for their AFLW skipper Brianna Davey were realised when scans confirmed she ruptured her ACL on Friday night and would need a knee reconstruction.

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