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  • Thursday 15 February 2018 8:14pm


    PyeongChang, South Korea
    : Tonga’s Olympic skier, Pita Taufatofua, in PyeongChang, South Korea told journalists from around the world today that Tongans were coping well in the aftermath of Cyclone Gita because of a “unique personality”.
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  • Thursday 15 February 2018 7:55pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : Essential ferry services to the outer islands have resumed today after Tropical Cyclone Gita caused severe damage in Tongatapu. A scheduled cruise ship visit to Nuku'alofa tomorrow was cancelled.
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  • Thursday 15 February 2018 1:44pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : Two teenagers were arrested with boxes of goods stolen from the Central Business District of Nuku’alofa on February 14. The CBD night curfew has been extended for another week under the current State of Emergency.
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  • Thursday 15 February 2018 11:33am


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : Tonga's Prime Minister Hon. 'Akilisi Pohiva is back in Tonga, after travelling to New Zealand on February 5 for medical check-ups following an illness. "I'm fine!" he told Matangi Tonga this morning. Parliament will meet tomorrow at a central location to be decided.
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  • Wednesday 14 February 2018 10:33pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : Many people are living in evacuation centres on Tongatapu today after 119 homes were completely destroyed and 1131 partially damaged by Tropical Cyclone Gita, initial assessment reports revealed today, January 14. Damage figures are expected to rise. Reports from outer islands are still coming in.
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  • Wednesday 14 February 2018 9:30pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : Fua'amotu International Airport has opened for operation from 1:00pm today, confirmed Viliami Ma’ake, CEO at Tonga Airports Ltd. The domestic airport remains out of order due to damage caused by Cyclone Gita on Monday night and domestic flights will now operate out of the International Airport until the domestic airport is restored.
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  • Wednesday 14 February 2018 8:26pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : 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 Tongatapu.
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  • Wednesday 14 February 2018 7:53pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : At least 80% of the electricity network was severely damaged from Nuku’alofa CBD up to Lavengamelie, to Tofoa and back to Patangata and Popua, said Seti Chen, Manager Operations at Tonga Power Ltd. today as damage assessment after Severe Tropical Cyclone Gita continued. He estimates power should be fully restored within five weeks once extra help arrives.
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  • Wednesday 14 February 2018 5:35pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : The death toll is at one from severe Tropical Cyclone Gita on the night of Monday February 12, while three people suffering major injuries were admitted to Vaiola Hospital, in Nuku'alofa.
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  • Wednesday 14 February 2018 5:05pm


    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
    : An 18-year-old man has been charged with the murder of an 18-year-old woman who he allegedly assaulted with a machete on a road leading from Vuna Toad to ‘Umusi, yesterday February 13.
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