16 Feb 2010

Tonga's national disaster committee to meet this morning

6:47 am on 16 February 2010

Tonga's National Disaster Committee will meet at 9 o'clock this morning to assess the damage sustained by the country after it was hit by Cyclone Rene last night.

The cyclone damaged houses and crops on the Vava'u group of islands before hitting the main island of Tongatapu at about seven last night.

The deputy director Male'u Takai says while there are reports of damage like trees down and houses that have lost roofs, no formal assessment has been made particularly in the outer islands.

"We have been informed that some damages were sustained but there is no statistics as to how far or what extent the damages were done."

Male'u Takai says aerial surveillance is likely for the outer islands and there are no reports yet of storm surge damage on the main island of Tongatapu.