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CYCLONE GITA: EMERGENCY SHELTERS REACH TONGAN VILLAGES Tonga's disaster authorities say good progress is being made getting emergency shelter out to the remote villages lashed by Cyclone Gita. Over 1000 homes were damaged or destroyed when the category 4 cyclone hit Tonga's main island of Tongatapu...
A community leader on the Fiji island of Ono-i-lau says the damaging winds from yesterday's cyclone Gita were the most frightening and dangerous on living memory on the island. Ono-i-Lau and Vatoa, in the Southern Lau island group between Fiji's main islands and Tonga suffered from gales, heavy...
Habitat for Humanity, a not-for profit organisation focused on shelter, is preparing a response to Tropical Cyclone Gita, which struck Tonga as a Category 4 storm overnight after passing through Samoa. Habitat for Humanity NZ CEO Claire Szabó said the low lying topography of Tonga's main island...
Tributes are flowing in from around the world on social media at the news that the man dubbed the king of reggae in Samoa, Mailo Ben Vai, has passed away. His death was announced by the “We are Samoa Facebook page.” “It is with a heavy heart that we announce the passing of beloved Samoan musician...
POWER TO BE FULLY RESTORED BY SATURDAY IN SAMOA  By Monday morning, the Electric Power Corporation, (EPC) had restored 98% of the high voltage distribution line around Upolu almost 48 hours after Tropical Cyclone Gita devastated the Samoan group. And by Tuesday morning, EPC should have the high...
Families in Samoa who have had their houses severely affected by the flash floods says building materials is a huge demand post Cyclone Gita. More than 200 people needed emergency shelter. RNZ Pacific's correspondent in Samoa, Autagavaia Tipi Autagavaia, noticed most businesses have returned back...
Thousands of people hunkered down in Tonga are being badly battered by Tropical Cyclone Gita. Fiji's Met Service said the category four storm was very close to being upgraded to the highest category, five. It has already washed out building and equipment of Tonga's met office, and Fiji weather...
Prime Minster Tuilaepa Sa’ilele Malielegaoi has downplayed a mass prison break plot, which the Police foiled on Friday, as Cyclone Gita was speeding towards Samoa. While the nation was being warned to prepare for the cyclone, some 90 Police officers were called to Tafa’igata Prison to calm the...
Tonga's bare-chested flagbearer for its one-man Winter Olympics team was given a warm reception by the opening ceremony crowd in sub-zero temperatures. Pita Taufatofua emerged from the tunnel covered in his trademark body oil and wearing a grass skirt, sandals and a huge smile as he led the Tongan...
Category 2 winds of 55 to 72mph brought by Cyclone Gita Saturday morning (yesterday Samoa time) have been cancelled. The cancellation came from the latest Samoa Met Office special weather bulletin issued yesterday afternoon as the nation recovered from the devastation caused by the Cyclone...

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