All homes on a Tongan island destroyed, three dead after volcanic eruption, tsunami

18/1/2022 3:58:00 PM

All homes on a Tongan island destroyed, three dead after volcanic eruption, tsunami

with three people so far confirmed dead, the government said on Tuesday (Jan 18) in its first update since the disaster hit.With communications severely hampered by an undersea cable being severed, information on the scale of the devastation after Saturday's eruption, causing waves up to 15m high, has so far mostly come from reconnaissance aircraft.

But the office of Prime Minister Siaosi Sovaleni said in a statement that every house on Mango island, where around 50 people live, had been destroyed, only two houses remained on Fonoifua, and Namuka island had suffered extensive damage.Tonga's deputy head of mission in Australia, Mr Curtis Tuihalangingie, earlier said pictures taken by the New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) showed"alarming" scenes of a village destroyed on Mango and buildings missing on Atata island, which is closest to the volcano.

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Distress signal detected in low-lying Tongan island; first death reported after eruption and tsunamiWELLINGTON: A distress signal has been detected in a low-lying Tongan island following the volcanic eruption and tsunami, the United Nations said on Tuesday (Jan 18) as the first death was reported.

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