The Tongan Red Cross says there is an urgent need for more shelter and drinking water in the cyclone devastated island group of Ha’apai before a possible drought sets in.
The secretary general, Sione Taumoefolau, says about 98 percent of people have moved back to their communities from evacuation centres.
via More water and shelter needed in cyclone-hit Ha’apai in Tonga | Radio New Zealand News.
Contact with small northern islands of the Ha’apai group, home to about 8,000 people, was lost when the category five storm packing winds of more than 200 kilometres per hour swept through the area over the weekend.
Communication and power is still limited in some areas and there is concern for the well-being of residents on low-lying islands.
via Contact made with Tonga’s isolated islands as relief efforts get underway after Cyclone Ian – Australia Network News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation).
Tongan’s friendly welcoming behaviour of vela māfana that has been globally recognised after the British Captain Cook warmly welcomed in his 1770s visits to Tonga has gained it another worldwide recognition.
via Ha’apai named among top global regions to visit – New Zealand Kaniva Pacific | New Zealand Kaniva Pacific.
Tonga’s Ha‘apai Islands scenery is expected to be showcased in Finland after a Tonga expedition was documented by a team who completed nine-days of kayaking in the outer islands.
Explorer Patrick Degerman, who led the eight member team from Finland, said Tonga was one of five expeditions that would include Greenland, Madagascar, Sahara and Antarctica over the next three-years.
via Ha’apai Islands to showcase in Finland | Matangi Tonga.
Police in Tonga have claimed that a 19 year old man was driven to suicide by his girlfriend on Monday, September 30.
A post mortem examination has been completed on the body of the teenager who died as a result of drinking an unknown poisonous substance, Haʻapai Chief Police Inspector ‘Okusitino Peleki told local media.
via Ha‘apai Man ‘driven to suicide by girlfriend’ – New Zealand Kaniva Pacific | New Zealand Kaniva Pacific.