The Fiji Times

Roads, crops damaged

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TOP officials from Tonga’s Ha’apai group say infrastruc­ture is in urgent need of repair in the islands after Cyclone Tino swept past overnight.

The storm brought winds of up to 180 km/hr and torrential rain but it had weakened and moved out of the area and cyclone warnings had now ceased.

There had been no reported casualties or deaths from the storm but many areas in Ha’apai remained without power today.

Ha’apai MP Veivosa Taka said the main priority was getting power restored.

“First to connect the electrics; second, advice for the people to recover the crops, ( all the crops are damaged); and also to fix the main roads,” he said.

Ha’apai Governor, the Rev Mohenoa Puloka, said people from seaside settlement­s had been moved to evacuation centres last night.

“We had used the church halls throughout the villages and now the people have gone back to their homes as it’s calmed down this morning but we have had a very severe night.”

However he said food and water would not be an issue as the local committee had done a lot of work before the storm.

“Since they have done their preparatio­n, they have set up food storage so no one is left out, everyone has got enough food and water.”

In 2014, Cyclone Ian had devastated Ha’apai with one person being killed, dozens injured and thousands left homeless.

The governor said the long rebuild and recovery from that storm had meant the islands fared better when Cyclone Tino hit.

Meanwhile survey teams will be going out tomorrow around Ha’apai and Vava’u to carry out further assessment­s.

 ?? Picture: RNZ ?? Flooding from Cyclone Tino in Ha’apai.
Picture: RNZ Flooding from Cyclone Tino in Ha’apai.

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