Published: Mon, January 20, 2020
Global News | By Blake Casey

Cyclone Tino Aftermath: Mostly Roads Affected, Says National Disaster Management Office

Cyclone Tino Aftermath: Mostly Roads Affected, Says National Disaster Management Office

Severe Tropical Cyclone Tino "turned a large blind eye" on Tonga's main island of Tongatapu which escaped a direct hit, the head of the National Emergency Management Office said Sunday.

Strong winds and heavy rainfall will batter the islands from Thursday night into Friday night regardless of the storm's precise intensity as it takes a turn toward the southeast.

Gale and heavy rain warnings are in place on northern Rotuma Island, and the Fiji Meteorological Service said the storm is expected to become fully fledged Tropical Cyclone Tino this evening.

Police said that a man and his daughter, about 10 years old, were swimming and trying to cross the river, but they got trapped in the flash floods. Apart from this, the locals here are preparing to shift to Shelters, while the tourists from outside are leaving their resort and reaching the capital Suva till the air services start again.

Apart from this, he further said that I had lost my house in Sarai cyclone that came in December and my family is nearly homeless.

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Earlier in December, two people were killed in the Sarai storm and more than 2500 people lost their homes due to which they were admitted to the shelter. "I am very anxious about my house, but I can not stay here when the cyclone hits".

A map charts the forecast path of the cyclone as it approaches Fiji. So we made a decision to move to Suva for now.

Disaster response teams were on standby in Fiji on Thursday as the Pacific island nation faced a second cyclone threat in less than three weeks. I think we are much safer here.

Just after Christmas day, Two people died due to Tropical Cyclone Sarai, and more than 2,500 were injured and needing emergency shelter as it destroyed houses, crops and trees, and cut electricity supplies.

A few years ago, Tongatapu was tapped by Cyclone Gina, with two people killed, and almost 200 homes and other facilities were destroyed.

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