Heavy rainfall that lashed Nuku’alofa throughout the day caused widespread flooding in the capital Nuku’alofa, forcing schools and some businesses to close.
The reconstruction of the Nuku’alofa CBD along with the formation of a Nuku’alofa Town Council was intended to play a key part in the economic and political development of Tonga, according to a former Prime Minister, Lord Sevele.
A 4.9 magnitude earthquake struck Tonga yesterday evening, April 6 at 8:50:57 pm.
The Nuku’alofa Central Business District CBD is like a town that is getting ready for a party, new buildings, new roads, new car park, and even a new wharf, and all that we are waiting for now are for the guests to arrive. Six years after riots destroyed the heart of Nuku’alofa on November 16, 2006, the reconstruction work funded by an TOP$118 million loan from China is expected to be completed by March 31 this year.
The opening date for the new Vuna Wharf, reconstructed at a cost of $30 million and scheduled for early 2012, remains uncertain, with work still to be done around the wharf site before it can open for business. Mosese Lavemai, the CEO of the Nuku’alofa Port Authority, said on February 1, that although the reconstruction of the actual wharf was completed ahead of schedule in December 2011, additional work needed to be completed around the wharf before a date is set for an opening.
Tonga’s capital Nuku’alofa had a sleepy day today with government schools and the central market closed and few people returning to work, following this morning’s tsunami alert and warning for Tonga.