Australia, New Zealand step up efforts to aid tsunami-hit Tonga

17/1/2022 2:35:00 AM

Australia, New Zealand step up efforts to aid tsunami-hit Tonga

Australia, New Zealand step up efforts to aid tsunami-hit Tonga

SYDNEY: Australia and New Zealand dispatched surveillance flights on Monday (Jan 17) to assess the damage in Tonga, isolated from the rest of the world due to the eruption of an underwater volcano that triggered a tsu

"There's been a lot of challenges there with the ash cloud and the disruption to communications and so we are working together to get as much support to Tonga as we possibly can," Morrison told radio station 2GB on Monday.Related:There are no official reports of injuries or deaths in Tonga as yet but communications are still limited and outlying costal areas remain cut off.

Angela Glover and her husband James, who own the Happy Sailor Tattoo in Nuku'alofa, had gone to get their dogs when the wave hit. James managed to hold onto a tree but his wife, who also runs a dog rescue on the island, and their dogs were washed away, New Zealand state broadcaster TVNZ reported. Several social media posts from family and friends said she has still not been found.

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Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison pledged to provide support for Tonga as early as possible but said the volcano ash had hampered relief efforts. "There's been a lot of challenges there with the ash cloud and the disruption to communications and so we are working together to get as much support to Tonga as we possibly can," Morrison told radio station 2GB on Monday. It is very unusual for a volcanic eruption to affect an entire ocean basin, said tsunami warning coordinator for the National Tsunami Warning Center Dave Snider. Australia's Minister for the Pacific Zed Seselja said initial reports suggested no mass casualties and that the airport"appears to be in relatively good condition" but there were"significant damage" to roads and bridges.  The cast of Home Again also includes Pierre Png, Ya Hui, Edwin Goh, Kiki Lim, Richard Low, Lina Ng, Zheng Wan Ling and Priscelia Chan. Seselja said Australia was liaising with the United States, New Zealand, France and other countries to coordinate responses. The tsunami threat from the eruption has now passed, according to the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center. Related: Tsunami caused by Tonga volcano eruption hits Japan's coast An underwater volcano off Tonga erupted on Saturday, triggering a tsunami on the shores of Tonga and cutting off phone and internet lines for the entire island. In December, authorities and property developers in multiple cities introduced measures to boost home sales, with local governments providing subsidies for home buyers and real estate firms offering discounts.

There are no official reports of injuries or deaths in Tonga as yet but communications are still limited and outlying costal areas remain cut off. 16. When he reunites with his family and joins them on the farm, he imparts his knowledge about hydroponic farming and helps to transform the traditional farm into a high-tech vertical farm. Satellite images show some of the outlying islands are submerged in water. A UK woman has reportedly gone missing after she was washed away, media reports said. “Nuku’alofa is covered in a thick film of volcanic dust, but otherwise conditions are calm and stable,” said Ardern. Angela Glover and her husband James, who own the Happy Sailor Tattoo in Nuku'alofa, had gone to get their dogs when the wave hit. (Still: Channel 8) We caught up with Desmond Tan, fresh off his wedding last month in France, to talk about the new drama as well as his overseas nuptials. James managed to hold onto a tree but his wife, who also runs a dog rescue on the island, and their dogs were washed away, New Zealand state broadcaster TVNZ reported. Ardern has also made an initial pledge of NZ$500,000 (S$458,000) in financial aid to Tonga. In a recent note, Oxford Economics analysts said they expect central and local authorities to take steps to contain risks from defaults by property developers, such as increasing credit to the sector and tweaking the strict"three red lines" policy introduced to curb borrowing by developers.

Several social media posts from family and friends said she has still not been found. New Zealand's Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said on Sunday that the tsunami had a significant impact on infrastructure. View this post on Instagram   Follow and listen to our podcast here Top images by Jacinda Ardern/Instagram and. My friends and I actually chose the topic of vertical farming for our group project. Red Cross said it was mobilising its regional network to respond to what it called the worst volcanic eruptions the Pacific has experienced in decades. “Red Cross currently has enough relief supplies in the country to support 1,200 households with essential items such as tarpaulins, blankets, kitchen sets, shelter tool kits and hygiene kits,” said Katie Greenwood, IFRC’s Pacific Head of Delegation. The agency said there were concerns that communities may not have access to safe drinking water as a result of saltwater inundation caused by the tsunami waves and ashfall." Home Again's storyline ties in with the upcoming Chinese New Year period, beginning on 1 February this year, which is traditionally a time of family gatherings and reunions.

Shelter is also a concern, particularly for those communities near the coastline, it added. United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres said on Twitter that the UN offices in the Pacific are on standby to provide support. Related: Two people drowned by abnormally high waves in Peru after Tonga volcano MASSIVE BLAST The Hunga-Tonga-Hunga-Ha'apai volcano has erupted regularly over the past few decades but the impact of Saturday's eruption was felt was far away as Fiji, New Zealand, the United States and Japan. "Eventually that perseverance didn't go to waste and the son came back. Two people drowned off a beach in Northern Peru due to high waves caused by the tsunami. About 26 hours since the eruption, nations thousands of kilometres to the west have volcanic ash clouds over them, New Zealand forecaster WeatherWatch said in a statement.

Fiji, Vanuatu and New Caledonia are affected and the ash cloud is expected to fan out towards eastern Australia on Monday, it said. "Some of our friends are unable to go back to their family overseas. Early data suggests the volcanic eruption was the biggest blast since Mount Pinatubo in the Philippines 30 years ago, New Zealand-based volcanologist Shane Cronin told Radio New Zealand. "This is an eruption best witnessed from space," Cronin said. "The large and explosive lateral spread of the eruption suggests that it was probably the biggest one since about the 1991 eruption of Pinatubo," Cronin said. So I think the audience will actually have some resonance with this drama. Source: Reuters/nh .