The flooding in parts of Nuku’alofa is a testimony to an ad-hoc decision-making process in the urban development of Nuku’alofa, Tukua Tonga, the director of the Urban Planning Unit of the Ministry of Land, said today. Flooding during this week’s heavy downfalls of rain, has closed some schools and businesses, made roads impassable, and caused community concern over the associated health risks.
Heavy rainfall that lashed Nuku’alofa throughout the day caused widespread flooding in the capital Nuku’alofa, forcing schools and some businesses to close.
Low lying areas in Nuku’alofa experienced flooding this morning as one third of this month’s average rainfall was dumped in less than 24 hours, and brought a dramatic drop in temperature.
Tropical Cyclone Jasmine dumped over half the month’s average rainfall onto Tongatapu on Wednesday, flooding large areas of the capital Nuku’alofa and surrounding villages, forcing hundreds of people from their homes, and bringing down power poles, electric lines and trees. But Jasmine’s heady aroma was not so sweet.