Some Pinoys in Tonga sent word to families: 'We survived volcanic eruption, tsunami' | Malou Talosig-Bartolome

1/20/2022 7:42:00 AM

Hopes for the fate of Filipinos working in Tonga were raised after some Filipinos were able to communicate to their loved ones using available communication lines.

Hopes for the fate of Filipinos working in Tonga were raised after some Filipinos were able to communicate to their loved ones using available communication lines.

Hopes for the fate of Filipinos working in Tonga were raised after some Filipinos were able to communicate to their loved ones using available communication lines. The Philippine Embassy in New Zealand, which exercises consular jurisdiction in Tonga, said they still could not get through Tonga to ascertain the condition…

Hopes for the fate of Filipinos working in Tonga were raised after some Filipinos were able to communicate to their loved ones using available communication lines.The Philippine Embassy in New Zealand, which exercises consular jurisdiction in Tonga, said they still could not get through Tonga to ascertain the condition of at least 87 Filipino workers four days after an underwater volcano erupted and triggered massive tsunami across the Pacific.

“While power has been restored in the Tongan capital of Nuku’alofa, most communication lines are still down. The Embassy is trying to contact members of the Filipino Community via Satellite Phone, but so far has been unable to connect,”  Philippine Ambassador to New Zealand Jesus Domingo told  Business Mirror

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Tsunami-hit Tonga islands suffered extensive damage, more deaths fearedTonga&39;s small outer islands suffered extensive damage from a massive volcanic eruption, with an entire village destroyed and many buildings missing, a Tongan diplomat said on Tuesday. yan dagdag nyo sa covid yan para dumami ang talang kaso mga GAGO In the name of God!

0 Hopes for the fate of Filipinos working in Tonga were raised after some Filipinos were able to communicate to their loved ones using available communication lines.In Batanes, octogenarian dies of COVID-19 Three people were killed and “a number” were injured, the Tongan government said, calling the volcano explosion “an unprecedented disaster.By KIRSTY NEEDHAM and PRAVEEN MENON, Reuters Published January 18, 2022 8:48pm A combination of satellite images shows homes and buildings before the main eruption of the Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha'apai volcano on December 29, 2021 (top) and the same area on January 18, 2022, in Nuku'alofa, Tonga.0 Travelers from the Philippines to the United States are required to present a negative viral test from COVID-19 taken within 24 hours before their flight and because of that, they should ensure with their testing provider first if they can commit to delivering to release the results hours before their flight, the US Embassy in Manila announced Wednesday.

The Philippine Embassy in New Zealand, which exercises consular jurisdiction in Tonga, said they still could not get through Tonga to ascertain the condition of at least 87 Filipino workers four days after an underwater volcano erupted and triggered massive tsunami across the Pacific. “While power has been restored in the Tongan capital of Nuku’alofa, most communication lines are still down. Australia and New Zealand have military transport C-130 aircraft ready to fly when ash has been removed from the main island. The Embassy is trying to contact members of the Filipino Community via Satellite Phone, but so far has been unable to connect,”  Philippine Ambassador to New Zealand Jesus Domingo told  Business Mirror “However, some friends and relatives of Tongan Filipinos have received information from the Australian High Commission in Tonga, and a Tongan NGO, that all members of the Filipino Community are safe and doing fine,” he added. "People panic, people run and get injuries. Experts said the eruption of the Hunga-tonga-Hunga-Ha’apai volcano near Tonga was the biggest recorded in the world after Mt Pinatubo in 1991. A thicker-than-expected blanket of five to 10 centimeters (two to four inches) of ash had accumulated on the main island Tongatapu’s runway, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said. Footage showed people fleeing as waves from tsunami came crashing through Nuku’alofa. These delays, which have occurred in other countries during spikes in COVID-19 infections, could continue for the next two to four weeks,” the Embassy said in a separate advisory.

Satellite images showed a plume of ash, steam and gas rising above the Pacific island nation. “The ash has proven more difficult to clear than was expected,” said Jonathan Veitch, Fiji-based UN coordinator on the crisis. Tonga police told the New Zealand High Commission that the death toll from Saturday's eruption and tsunami was two but with communications in the South Pacific island nation cut, the true extent of casualties was not clear. Internet in Tonga was cut after the undersea cable was severed. Satellite phones, mainly held by foreign embassies, were the only means of communication to Tonga. ADVERTISEMENT “They clear about 100 or 200 meters per day, I gather. Most of the Filipino workers in Tonga are teachers, missionaries, divers, household service workers, tailors, accountants, entrepreneurs and civil servants. The Tongan navy reported the area was hit by waves estimated to be 5-10 meters (15-30 feet) high, said the U. Domingo said the Embassy will continue to make direct contact with the Filipino community in Tonga.” Australia’s helicopter landing vessel HMAS Adelaide is expected to soon set sail for Tonga with disaster relief supplies, a voyage of some five days. Instead, they will be required to provide documentation from a licensed health care provider that they have recovered from coronavirus and the positive COVID-19 viral test result on a sample taken no more than 90 days before the flight’s departure from the Philippines.

Relatives of Filipino workers in Tonga may also try the Red Cross tracing service .