Worst cyclone to hit Tonga in 60 years

Worst cyclone to hit Tonga in 60 years

Worst cyclone to hit Tonga in 60 years

Most of Fiji dodged the cyclone, which headed their way after hitting Tonga, making landfall over the country's most isolated islands.

The cyclone was heading towards Fiji's southern islands on Tuesday.

Radio Australia's Pacific Beat program said via Twitter that villagers on Ono-i-Lau had told it that crops and several houses had been destroyed, but there had been no reports of injuries.

"Right now we have lost all communications with the island (s)".

Aid is being delivered to the Pacific after the destruction wrought by Tropical Cyclone Gita.

"We have received initial reports from village headmen indicating that housing and agriculture are the sectors with the most damages". Fijian Waisale Naga said winds were beginning to build in strength on the main island last night and the ocean swell was getting stronger.

"Close to 1000 homes have been damaged, and there are certainly a number that are uninhabitable and the Government will be looking to provide shelter for the time being".

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Back in Tonga, the island nation was picking up the pieces after Gita passed through on Monday night, wreaking havoc with its powerful winds and torrential rain.

Update: 6:01PM MOST of the damage caused by Tropical Cyclone Gita has been to homes and farms, government disaster management officials say as they make plans to ship support to Lau.

There have been no confirmed deaths from the storm, although Tongan police said three people had suffered major injuries and another 30 suffered minor injuries.

Fiji Red Cross prepare for Tropical Cylone Gita. This includes all Vodafone New Zealand mobile plans such as prepay, as well as business customers, and home phones.

The Parliament building was more than 100 years old and it was not yet clear where the legislature would sit for now.

New Zealand Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters said emergency supplies had been stocked and prepared and were ready to be dispatched to the country.

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