Cyclone Gita wreaks havoc across capital of Tonga at midnight leaving homes roofs tear off and parliament flattened. It also caused widespread flooding.
The Category 4 storm came with winds having speed of 200 km (125 miles) per hour. It left a lot people injured but no death confirmed yet.
The circulating images on social media revealed the worn-out Parliament House building, and extensive flooding. Storm damages and debris has blocked the access to areas outside the capital.
NZ Foreign Affairs Minister, Winston Peters stated that:
“The full extent of damage caused by Cyclone Gita is still being assessed but there is an immediate need for assistance on the ground. About 5,700 people sought shelter in evacuation centres overnight, and it is expected these numbers will increase substantially tonight.”
New Zealand has donated NZ$750,000 ($545,000) while Australia has contributed A$350,000 ($275,000) value of emergency shelter, kitchen and hygiene kits.
According to a local media person, around 40 percent of houses had suffered some damage while many roofs blown off. Most of the houses are quite historical. This cyclone can called the biggest cyclone on island for at least 60 odd years.
Now the cyclone was moving towards Fiji’s southern islands and some forecasts predicted that it growing towards a Category 5 storm. Fijian Prime Minister, Frank Bainimarama issued warning to people to prepare for any situation, though the storm will likely bypass.
Earlier, Gita had thrashed Samoa and American Samoa and caused flooding in Apia, capital of Samoa.
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