Tsunami-attacks Tonga in need of “emergency assistance,” officially says

Officials said on a satellite phone that the Tongan government called for “emergency assistance” after a massive eruption of a nearby submarine volcano on Saturday followed by a devastating tsunami.

Governments in Australia and New Zealand sent surveillance flights to the Pacific Islands on Monday to help restore communications and assess damage.

Parliamentary Speaker Fakafanua said on a satellite phone early Monday that COVID-19 is not a but ash-covered country needs safe assistance to COVID to ensure adequate fresh drinking water and food, and Cable said the internet remained down due to damage to the seabed.

“Many areas have been affected by significant volcanic ash fall. Communication is constant and the full extent of the harm to life and property is currently unknown,” Fakafanua said in a statement. share Social media by Tonga-based reporter John Pull.

he Said Details of Tonga’s official disaster relief fund will be announced shortly, and all relief funds need to be validated “to ensure that the kindly provided support reaches those in need.”

In the second half of Monday, the telephone line was almost restored.

Australia’s Minister of the Pacific, Zed Seselja, said that the airport in Tonga was “relatively in good condition”, although the mass casualties from the tsunami were not monitored and there was “serious damage” to roads and bridges. I can see it. “

Submarine cables are expected to be restored by next week.

Event once in 1000 years

Hunga Tonga Hunga Ha’apai Volcano released at least 20 kilometers of ash, gas and steam into the atmosphere at about 5:10 pm local time at a once-in-a-thousand-year event. At around 5:26 pm, the tsunami continued and struck parts of the island, including the capital Nuku’alofa, causing floods.

Volcanoes have been erupting regularly over the past few decades, but Saturday’s rare nuclear-bomb-scale eruptions were felt as far away as Fiji, New Zealand, the United States, and Japan. Tsunami warnings and evacuation orders have also been issued in many Pacific countries. Two people were drowned on the beach in northern Peru due to the high waves caused by the tsunami.

Early data suggest that the eruption was the largest explosion since Mount Pinatubo in the Philippines 30 years ago, New Zealand-based volcanic scientist Shane Kronin told Radio New Zealand.

“This is the most commonly witnessed eruption from space,” Cronin said.

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison has promised to support Tonga.

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern also provided support, say it On Facebook, she said her country would prepare a Navy ship to assess the damage and send a Hercules C-130 to deliver the necessary supplies.

“We’ve provided $ 500,000 for immediate needs to help in the field, but this is a very preliminary thing. We know we’ll need more and are ready to support Toga’s friends and family. Is done, “she added.

Reuters contributed to this report.

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Aldgra Fredly is a Malaysia-based freelance writer featuring the Epoch Times Asia Pacific News.

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