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Tongans abroad fear never seeing loved ones again

In its first replace since Saturday’s huge volcanic eruption and tsunami, the Tongan authorities stated on Tuesday that each dwelling on one in all Tonga’s small outer islands has been destroyed and that three individuals to this point have been confirmed lifeless. With communications badly hampered after an undersea cable was severed within the catastrophe, info on the dimensions of the devastation has to this point largely come from reconnaissance plane. “At the moment we’ve had no contact at all with anyone from Tonga…” Seini Taumoepeau, who lives in Australia however grew up in Tonga, stated she has a whole lot of shut buddies and prolonged household in Tonga throughout a number of villages and cities.”The worst fear is always that you’re not going to see the people that you love again. Yeah, that’s the worst fear. The worst fear is the suffering of other people, that’s hard to cope with. Probably even more than your own suffering. Yeah, I would definitely say that. Our ability to empathize with each other is quite massive. When somebody else loses a parent, we all feel it and the same if I was to have any suffering I’m aware that other islanders, other Pacific people, other Tongans, all feel exactly my feeling. That’s how close we are.” A press release from Tonga’s prime minister stated all of the houses on Mango island, the place round 50 individuals reside, had been destroyed, and that different close by islands had suffered intensive damage. The assertion additionally stated a 65-year-old lady on Mango and a 49-year-old man on Nomuka island had been killed, along with a British nationwide whose physique was discovered on Monday. Quite a lot of accidents had been additionally reported. New Zealand despatched a navy ship carrying personnel, gear and provides to Tonga on Tuesday and officers stated one other would comply with. Australian authorities on Monday stated their preliminary studies recommended no mass casualties.

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