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No major damages recorded from TC Sarai

Radio & TV Tonga, Nuku’alofa, 02/01/2020

National Emergency Management Office’s director – Mafua Maka says, there were no reports of any major damages especially on the islands of Ha’apai and Vava’u since they were hit by the cyclone on Tuesday.

However, only minor damages were recorded including trees that were fallen down including coconuts, and others.

A damage was recorded at one of the jetties on the island of Vava’u due to tropical cyclone SARAI.

Neiafu’s town officer – Vavaa Lapota says, the jetty was broken into three parts from the cyclone’s impact on the island.

The jetty was an assistance funded by the European Union about 10 years ago for yachts and small local boats to find refuge from in an event of a natural disaster.

Meanwhile, the ‘Ahanga bridge in Ha’apai is now open for transportation after it was temporarily unavailable for use due to the impact from cyclone Sarai.

Ha’apai’s governor – Rev. Dr. Mohenoa Puloka says, the bridge usually experiences damages from disasters, especially cyclones and tsunami.

Although the cyclone warning has been cancelled for Tonga, the public is still advised not to go out to sea.




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