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Friday 17 January 2014
Nuku‘alofa, Tonga
Ha‘apai tourism faciliities suffered an estimated $1.6 million pa‘anga damage in Cyclone Ian but there have been no reports of any injured visitors, Tonga's Ministry of Commerce, Tourism & Labour reported today.
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Thursday 16 January 2014
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
In a swift response after Cyclone Ian cut off communications in Ha‘apai on Saturday, Digicel-Tonga Ltd. has put in place temporary solutions to get its mobile phone network restored in Ha'apai. Assisted by Chathams Pacific, Digicel-Tonga chartered six flights to Ha‘apai over the last three-days to get their crew and relief workers over as rapidly as possible.
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Thursday 16 January 2014
Brisbane, Australia
The Queensland Government has announced a donation of $50,000 (AUD) to help victims of Cyclone Ian.
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Thursday 16 January 2014
Canberra, Australia
Australia will provide an initial $50,000 (AUD) in emergency supplies to assist the Government of Tonga to respond to the needs of people affected by Cyclone Ian, Foreign Minister Julie Bishop announced on Tuesday.
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Thursday 16 January 2014
Wellington, New Zealand
Tear Fund New Zealand is urging the Tongan government to formally ask for international help following Tropical Cyclone Ian before it is too late to get assistance.
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Thursday 16 January 2014
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Food and water supplies worth more than $40,000 pa’anga was handed over to the Prime Minister Lord Tu’ivakano from the Chinese Ambassador to Tonga HE Mr Huang Huaguang to help the relief efforts in Ha'apai on January 15. The donation is from the Chinese Embassy in Nuku’alofa and the Tonga-Chinese Association.
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Thursday 16 January 2014
Wellington, New Zealand
Caritas Aotearoa New Zealand has pledged NZD$40,000 to support Caritas Tonga’s response to Tropical Cyclone Ian. Caritas Tonga has expertise in providing psychosocial support following a disaster, and Caritas Aotearoa New Zealand will support this again if the need is identified, stated its director, Julianne Hickey.
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Wednesday 15 January 2014
Nuku‘alofa, Tonga
Oxfam New Zealand has sent an emergency response team to Tonga on January 14 and is gearing up its aid efforts following reports of complete destruction left by Cyclone Ian to the northern islands of Ha‘apai.
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Wednesday 15 January 2014
Nuku‘alofa, Tonga.
The Salvation Army has launched an appeal for funds to meet the educational needs of children in Tonga affected by Cyclone Ian, one of the most powerful storms on record.
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Wednesday 15 January 2014
Nuku‘alofa, Tonga
The Christian World Service, the aid and development agency of New Zealand churches, has launched an appeal to support the women of Ha‘apai and Vava‘u organising clean-up operations in Tonga after the destructive Cyclone Ian on January 11.
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Wednesday 15 January 2014
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A partnership of international humanitarian agencies known as the Pacific Humanitarian Team (PHT) has stated that it is ready to support Tonga’s recovery from Cyclone Ian.
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Wednesday 15 January 2014
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga Power Ltd. estimates that it will cost at least $3 million pa'anga to rebuild the entire power distribution network in the Ha’apai islands after Cyclone Ian destroyed over 90 percent of the power lines and poles when it hit on Saturday, January 11.
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Wednesday 15 January 2014
Nuku‘alofa, Tonga
Images of Faleloa village before and after Cyclone Ian, show how lush vegetation has been stripped from Foa Island. Before Cyclone Ian, Faleloa homes were surrounded by breadfruit trees, mangoes and bananas and other food crops.
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Monday 13 January 2014

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The first flight landed at Lifuka’s Salote Pilolevu Airport shortly after dawn this morning (13 January 2014). Digicel-Tonga’s charter flight was carrying technicians on an urgent mission to restore communications and power. We found the Ha‘apai people emerging from the shelter of their churches and schools to clean-up after the most powerful cyclone ever known to cross Tongan waters. Photos by Pesi Fonua.
Monday 13 January 2014
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Kalolaine Paongo (51) of Pangai was killed when Tropical Cyclone Ian (Cat 5) hit the main island of Lifuka in Ha’apai on Saturday, January 11, and was the only death reported so far from the Cyclone Ian.
Monday 13 January 2014
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Digicel Tonga’s mobile communication network in Pangai, Ha’apai has been restored at 10:0am this morning January 13 since it went down on the afternoon of Saturday January 11 when Tropical Cyclone Ian (Cat 5) hit the Lifuka Island. “I have not seen such devastating damages from a cyclone,” said Tupou ‘Ahome‘e Faupula, who went to Ha‘apai with the Digicel crew.
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Monday 13 January 2014
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
While communications are down in Tonga’s Ha'apai Islands, concerns are held by families for the well being of the communities that live on low lying outer islands, as aerial pictures continue to come in showing extensive damage to homes and villages. The organisers of the recovery effort, hampered by communications problems, are finding it hard to assess the needs priorities. Flights to Ha‘apai are expected to resume on Monday.
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Sunday 12 January 2014

Nuku‘alofa, Tonga
An RNZAF Orion has completed an aerial survey of the Ha‘apai Islands this afternoon to assist the Tonga Government assess the damage after Category 5 Cyclone Ian ripped into the low-lying central group of Tonga yesterday afternoon. Photos courtesy RNZAF.
Sunday 12 January 2014
Nuku‘alofa, Tonga
One person died on LIfuka as Tropical Cyclone Ian Category 5 ripped through the Ha‘apai Islands yesterday afternoon, causing extensive devastation, although the full extent of the impact on the low lying islands is unknown in Tonga's first recorded Category 5 cyclone. In Lifuka most houses were flattened or damaged and people sheltered in the churches and other community buildings.
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Monday 6 January 2014
Neiafu, Vava‘u
Fire gutted a three level building at Fungamisi, Neiafu, on Saturday evening. Photos by LIsa Molloy.
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