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Monday 19 February 2018

Houma, Tongatapu
Cyclone Gita destroyed 18 homes and damaged another 60 houses in Houma, on Tongatapu, where a massive clean-up operation is underway this week. Lord Vaea of Houma said some tarpaulins had been distributed on Saturday, but "We need the tents!"
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Friday 16 February 2018

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Cyclone Gita evacuees currently staying in an evacuation centre at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in Ha’ateiho, said today that listening to the cyclone warnings helped them decide to move to the evacuation centre before the massive storm hit Tongatapu.
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Friday 16 February 2018

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Widow, 'Oto’ota Tapa’atoutai of Patangata is thankful to be alive with her family, and despite the cruel reality that Tropical Cyclone Gita demolished her small house on Monday February 12, she talked with a smile today as her family picked up the pieces of their life in one of the most vulnerable areas of Nuku'alofa.
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Wednesday 14 February 2018

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The water supply is expected to be fully functional by this evening says Tonga Water Board (TWB) Acting CEO, Kolopeaua Tonga, after Cyclone Gita destroyed the water pump shed located at Mata-ki-‘Eua on Tongatapu.
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Wednesday 14 February 2018

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
At least 80% of the electricity network was severely damaged from Nuku’alofa CBD up to Lavengamelie, to Tofoa and back to Patangata and Popua, said Seti Chen, Manager Operations at Tonga Power Ltd. today as damage assessment after Severe Tropical Cyclone Gita continued. He estimates power should be fully restored within five weeks once extra help arrives.
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Wednesday 14 February 2018

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The death toll is at one from severe Tropical Cyclone Gita on the night of Monday February 12, while three people suffering major injuries were admitted to Vaiola Hospital, in Nuku'alofa.
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Wednesday 14 February 2018

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Matangi Tonga is back online, thanks to Digicel Wifi services in Nuku'alofa. Our apologies for the delay in posting our news. Internet and telephone connectivity is currently disrupted on Tongatapu and 'Eua, following Severe Tropical Cyclone Gita on Monday night. News updates and photos will be posted soon. Happy Valentine's Day! Matangi Tonga Team.
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Monday 12 February 2018

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Under Tonga's current State of Emergency, a curfew in the Central Business District area of Nuku’alofa will start from 9:00pm tonight (Monday) until 7:00am tomorrow Tuesday 13 February 2018, Commissioner of Tonga Police, Stephen Caldwell stated tonight, as Severe Tropical Cyclone Gita closes in on Tongatapu.
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Monday 12 February 2018

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A State of Emergency has been declared for Tonga at 10:00am this morning in preparation for severe Tropical Cyclone Gita as threatens to hit southern Tonga witha potential Category 5 force from around 7:00pm tonight, Monday 12 February 2018.
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Wednesday 20 December 2017
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A 23-year-old man died in a house fire at a home in Haveluloto on December 15.
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Tuesday 26 September 2017

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Search and Rescue Coordination Training over four days this week aims to increase understanding and coordination between agencies involved in Maritime Search and Rescue in Tonga, where 86 lives have been saved from 24 marine SAR operations.
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Wednesday 20 September 2017

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A blaze engulfed a house at Sia-ko-Veiongo this morning on Wednesday, September 20.
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Saturday 9 September 2017

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga Met reported that a tsunami wave of less than 0.1M (0.3ft) was recorded at Nuku’alofa Tide gauge at about 08:15am this morning. The Tsunami Marine Warning previously in force for Tonga is NOW CANCELLED. The tsunami generated from the M8.2 Chiapas, Mexico earthquake was observed by coastal and deep-ocean gauges in the eastern Pacific, Samoa and Tonga and other places.
Friday 8 September 2017

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A tsunami generated by a big Magnitude 8.1 earthquake off the coast of Mexico this evening is being projected toward the Pacific Islands. "The main beam is toward our area," said 'Ofa Fa'anunu tonight, after the National Emergency Operation Centre (NEOC) activated a Tsunami Marine Warning, with a wave expected to reach Tonga at around 6:15am tomorrow morning (Saturday). Tonga is being "just cautious," said 'Ofa. "We are expecting less than one metre. It may be over one foot in Tonga but the tsunami warming centre is giving 1M for Samoa, Fiji and New Zealand."
Friday 26 May 2017
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Six fishermen who had been missing at sea since Tuesday, 23 May, were rescued this morning after being spotted by US Coast Guard (USCG) C130 aircrew on their way back to Hawaii from New Zealand.
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Thursday 27 April 2017

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tupouniua Veamatahau is happy to be back on dry land in 'Eua with his wife and two children after his three-day ordeal at sea, after he ran out of petrol and drifted away from the island he had almost reached.
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Monday 6 February 2017

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The names of six men on board the fishing boat Losemani Fo'ou when it left Nuku'alofa on January 30 at around around 3:00pm in the afternoon, were confirmed by the Ports Master's Office in Nuku'alofa today. The rescue of the men at sea was filmed by passengers and crew on board the Albatros who sent in new photos of the rescue. "The ocean does not like carelessness," one told Matangi Tonga.
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Sunday 5 February 2017

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
After leaving Nuku'alofa, passengers on the cruise ship Albatros witnessed the rescue of six Tongan fishermen from the distressed fishing boat Losemani Fo'ou yesterday afternoon in big swells south of Tonga. Photos by Dr. Gudrun Berger and others on the Albatros.
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Saturday 4 February 2017

Wellington, New Zealand
The Albatros cruise ship saved six men from a sinking fishing boat in southern Tongan waters this afternoon. The cruise ship bound for Auckland diverted 300km to find the fishermen who had not had water for three days and their boat, Losemani Fo'ou, was taking on water.
 The men will stay on the Albatros until it berths in Auckland on Monday evening.
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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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