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Wednesday 4 January 2017

Nuku'alofa
A blaze engulfed an old timber house on Railway Road, Kolofo’ou, this morning, destroying the property within minutes. Hotspots that spread across the road to the Hilliard Memorial School property were extinguished. Tonga’s Fire Department urges caution, warning that fires can spread rapidly in Tongatapu's current hot, dry, windy weather.
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Friday 30 December 2016
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A fire fighting operation at Tapuhia Landfill enters its 10th day today as firefighters attempt to put out remaining hotspots over the landfill's number 1 cell, after a fire that started on 21 December turned into a massive blaze on Christmas Day. Malakai Sika, CEO Waste Authority Ltd., stated this morning that the fire is under control but "the time to fully eliminate the fire is unknown at this stage". Rubbish collection operations are continuing, using another part of the landfill.
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Tuesday 27 December 2016

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga Fire Services has scaled down its operation at Tapuhia Waste Management Facility at Vaini, after a massive fire was contained yesterday. However, government issued warnings today for the public to stay clear of the smoke as toxic fumes are still being emitted from hot spots that remain.
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Monday 26 December 2016

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tongatapu's rubbish dump, the Tapuhia Landfill at Vaini, erupted into flames, burning furiously and sending a column of smoke towering over Nuku’alofa yesterday, Christmas Day. Tonga's firefighters today remain challenged by the biggest fire they have ever encountered, already trucking over half a million litres of water to the site, which is still smouldering and emitting toxic fumes.
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Friday 9 September 2016

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Twenty-five participants joined an Emergency Shelter Kits Training from September 7-9 in Nuku'alofa aimed to build capacity on the use of emergency shelter during emergencies, disasters and recovery period.
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Tuesday 23 August 2016

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Six Tongan crewmen are reported to be well and have been taken to land after the vessel they were on, MV Sitka, was stuck on a reef in Kadavu Island, Fiji during the weekend, due to mechanical problems.
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Thursday 4 August 2016
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A Tongan man (25) who allegedly said he had a bomb in his bag at Nadi International Airport on 23 July has been released after being interviewed by Fiji’s Border Police.
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Monday 25 July 2016

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Training for Tonga Police, Defence and airport staff aiming to better coordinate their responses in major operations - whether natural disasters or man-made emergencies - was held from July 20-21, at Police headquarters in Longolongo.
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Tuesday 28 June 2016
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A missing boat with 11 people on board has returned to Nuku'alofa this evening after calling for assistance off 'Eueiki Island near Tongatapu. Some of the passengers were taken to Vaiola Hospital for observation and released, search and rescuers reported tonight.
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Tuesday 28 June 2016
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Search and rescue operations today found no sightings of a small boat carrying 11 people including five children, that failed to arrive at Fonoifua Island in Ha'apai, after leaving Nuku'alofa on Monday afternoon. The first report from a New Zealand surveillance aircraft that searched the area this afternoon had no sightings but the aerial and sea search is continuing.
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Monday 27 June 2016

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A hunt is on for two fugitive mongooses – among six mongooses that hitched a ride from Fiji to Tonga inside a shipping container that was opened on June 8 at Pahu in Nuku’alofa. By Caroline Manu-Moli.
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Tuesday 14 June 2016

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
With more unseasonal heavy rain falling today in Tongatapu, homes in low lying and swamp areas in Kolomotu’a were flooded. Sio Tuiano, the Kolomotu’a Town Officer, who is concerned about the health risks of floodwaters contaminated with E.coli, said a few of the residents have taken shelter in an evacuation centre, but most people do not want to leave their homes.
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Wednesday 20 April 2016

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Two classrooms were razed by a fire early this morning, Wednesday 20 April at Tonga Side School main campus in Nuku'alofa. An investigation by police and fire services is underway to determine the cause.
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Thursday 25 February 2016
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Mahe Fonohema (10) died in a house fire last night Wednesday, 24 February at Ha’akame in Tongatapu, while two other boys escaped. The parents were allegedly not at home when the fire broke out.
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Friday 19 February 2016
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The New Zealand Government yesterday committed NZD60,000 to Tonga to immediately assist with Cyclone Winston response, NZ High Commissioner in Tonga, Sarah Walsh said today.
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Friday 22 January 2016

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Police rescued a driver who was swept into the sea with his vehicle with three other men yesterday and have closed a causeway connecting Lifuka and Foa in Ha'apai today, due to high tidal waves as Tropical Cyclone Victor moves through southern Tongan waters. The men were understood to be missionaries from the Church of the Latter Day Saints in Ha'apai.
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Friday 20 November 2015

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Four people escaped a fire that destroyed the home of Siosifa Fatafehi Fuatakifolaha (formerly Noble Veikune) in Longolongo, Nuku’alofa this afternoon.
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Monday 5 October 2015
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A 33-year-old man died in a house fire early Sunday morning, 4 October in Folaha, Tongatapu.
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Friday 18 September 2015
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A Tsunami Marine Warning for Tonga was cancelled this morning by the Tonga Meteorological Service. A tsunami generated during earthquakes in Chile yesterday no longer poses a threat to Tonga.
Thursday 17 September 2015
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga remains on alert tonight during a Pacific tsunami watch, after a tsunami was generated off the coast of Chile earlier today. Tonga’s Chief Meteorological Officer ‘Ofa Fa’anunu said at 6:15pm that if the wave remains at its forecasted height of between .3 -1M as it approaches the Pacific islands, they will issue a marine warning later this evening.

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