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Australia-New Zealand send aid to tsunami-ravaged Tonga

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  • 20 January, 2022 15:25:40

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International Desk: Tonga has been devastated by a tsunami caused by a volcanic eruption under the sea. Most of the houses and plants in the country are covered with ash and black smoke. Numerous houses have been destroyed. Several islands of the country are still isolated. So far three people have died in this incident.

Neighboring countries Australia and New Zealand have stepped up to stand by the country in such a situation. In the meantime, the planes of the two countries have left for Tonga with the necessary help. This information was given in a report of BBC on Thursday (January 20).

The main airport in Tonga was covered in ashes and there was no landing situation for the plane. However, due to the efforts of hundreds of workers, it has been possible to clean the runway of the airport.

New Zealand says relief efforts for the devastated Tonga have begun well. The first aid planes and ships will arrive there on Thursday. The Australian military says its aid planes will land in Tonga on Thursday. It will have water, food and communication equipment.

Some of Tonga's islands have been devastated by the worst volcanic eruption and tsunami in three decades. Most of the houses in the area have been destroyed. In a statement, the Tongan government confirmed the deaths of three people in the eruption and tsunami. Two of them are locals and one is a British citizen.

The epicenter was reported below the Pacific Ocean floor, however; no tsunami alert was issued. All the houses on one island have been destroyed and only two remain on another island.

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