26 Jan 2011

Houses, school, crops damaged on Tonga's Ha'apai

9:20 am on 26 January 2011

Tonga's National Disaster Centre says low lying areas in the Haapai Island group suffered the worst damage in the Kingdom from storm surges as a result of Cyclone Wilma.

The cyclone hit yesterday morning causing damage to many roofs, houses, and caused some village town halls to collapse.

Officer in charge Mafua Maka says assessment reports are still coming in so they can gauge the full extent of the cyclone damage.

"There are about ten new houses, brand new, affected, and one of the high schools in Haapai, the building roof is greatly torn off one of the buildings and fruit trees and breadfruits plantings and bananas are almost totally damaged."

Mafua Maka says other areas, including Vava'u and Tongatapu reportedly suffered less damage.