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Power cuts on Christmas morning

Radio & TV Tonga, Nuku’alofa, 27/12/2019

Tongatapu’s electricity was affected on Tuesday morning, due to a technical fault.

CEO of Tonga Power Limited – Setitaia Chen says, this was caused by a technical fault of one of their machines and therefore, linesmen carried out work in the early morning hours to ensure power was back to normal.

The blackout lasted about half an hour.

Chen also urge the public to drive safely and says, they have a backup plan to operate during Tropical Season Sarai to ensure no blackout will occur. ends

Polices first week of Christmas and New Year holiday operations was relatively calm with the Acting Chief Superintendent of the Nuku’alofa Police Station – Tevita Vailea saying the main concerns are with transport on the roads and complaints regarding fireworks.

The police holiday operations began this week on Monday and Vailea said they have recorded a few charges in regard to road safety including road accidents but there haven’t been any serious offences or threats to people’s lives.

Another issue the police are concerned with on the roads is congestion as vehicles were queuing for more than an hour on the Taufa’ahau Road from Havelu to Pea, and also on the roads in downtown Nuku’alofa in the days before Christmas.

Vailea says they are currently looking into resolutions to this issue to ensure the congestion on the roads does not negatively affect the public. However, he urged all drivers to be cautious and make the right decisions when getting behind the wheel, don’t drink and drive, and don’t speed on the roads.

Police have also received multiple complaints about fireworks, particularly in the Nuku’alofa area, and Vailea says this issue is concerned with keeping the peace in a public area as fireworks intrude on the rights of others within the vicinity with the amount of noise fireworks make and they are not only affecting people but also the animals.

There is a total of 279 police officers working during the holiday operations known as Operation Fuavai that will conclude on January 6th 2020.



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