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Satellite images show coast before and after TC Harold

Nuku'alofa, Tonga

The Royal Residence Liukava at Kolovai, before and sfter Tropical Cyclone Harold's severe storm surge on 9 April 2020. Photos: UNITAR/UNOSAT.

Extensive damage on Tongatapu and 'Eua coastlines caused by Severe Tropical Cyclone Harold is shown in dramatic before and after satellite images released by the UNITAR / UNOSAT in a preliminary report today.

Satellite images show locations of severely damaged structures along north western coast of Kolovai district in Tongatapu, including the Royal Residence Liukava on the coast at Kolovai. The images also show how far the storm surge came through the heavily damaged beach resorts

Storm surge damage was observed in 'Eua division and Ha'apai division causing damage to houses and buildings.

However, no visible structural damage could be identified in the Vava'u division as of 12 April, from the satellite imaging.

The United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) based in Geneva, Switzerland published a "Preliminary satellite-derived damage assessment in Tonga" with observations of the impact and severity of TC Harold storm surge on 9 April 2020.

Link: UNITAR/UNSAT PDF 2.7MB Preliminary satellite-derived damage assessment in Tonga

Liku'alofa Beach Resort, before and after Tropical Cyclone Harold's severe storm surge on 9 April 2020. NW Tongatapu coast. Photos: UNITAR/UNOSAT.

Vakaloa Beach Resort and Blue Banana Beach House, before and after Tropical Cyclone Harold's severe storm surge on 9 April 2020. NW Tongatapu coast. Photos: UNITAR/UNOSAT.

Private property near Fo'ui, before and after Tropical Cyclone Harold's severe storm surge on 9 April 2020. NW Tongatapu coast. Photos: UNITAR/UNOSAT.

'Eua island harbour, before and after Tropical Cyclone Harold's severe storm surge on 9 April 2020. Photos: UNITAR/UNOSAT.