Tonga parliament constructing flattened by Cyclone Gita

Tonga parliament constructing flattened by Cyclone Gita

Tonga parliament constructing flattened by Cyclone Gita

The water supply is expected to be fully functional by this evening says Tonga Water Board (TWB) Acting CEO, Kolopeaua Tonga, after Cyclone Gita destroyed the water pump shed located at Mata-ki-'Eua on Togatapu.

Today, the Pacific Ocean nation looked more like a nightmare, with around 40 percent of homes damaged and felled trees marking flooded roads.

No deaths have been reported to date and the cyclone has now left the South Pacific Polynesian Kingdom.

"About 5,700 people sought shelter in evacuation centres overnight, and it is expected these numbers will increase substantially tonight". GITA also passed close to Ono-I-Lau island (Fiji) on 13 February.

As tropical cyclone Gita begins to exit Fiji waters, the Fijian government's focus is to complete damage assessments and respond to immediate needs in the southern islands.

The cyclone was heading towards Fiji's southern islands on Tuesday, and some forecasts warn it could intensify into a Category 5 storm. Communities moved to higher ground as precaution to storm surges which is a lesson learned following tropical cyclone Winston. He said many homes had lost their roofs or were otherwise badly damaged.

Meanwhile New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said of Cyclone Gita: "Our hercules arrived [in Tonga] last night, and we have had aerial surveillance which we has gone to Tongan authorities".

The storm has strengthened since hitting Samoa and American Samoa last week, where it caused damage to buildings, widespread power outages and flooding.

"At the same time, we will be looking at our own A.D.R.A. network and also our global donors if they can assist us". The declaration allows the Federal Emergency Management Agency to provide equipment and resources to help the 50,000 residents recover.

The most intense part of this cyclone is smaller than the North Island, so it's precise intensity and tracking makes all the difference on which parts of New Zealand will be worst affected, however it does appear it will come into the western side of the North Island or perhaps the Cook Strait area.

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