22nd June 02:30 AM
Several Fijian families in Tonga are now living in schools, churches and community halls
By Lena Reece
Tuesday 13/02/2018
Damages caused by the aftermath of Cyclone Gita in Tonga [Twitter]

Several Fijian families in Tonga are now living in schools, churches and community halls after the devastation caused by severe Tropical Cyclone Gita in Nuku’alofa overnight.

Speaking to Fijivillage from Nukualofa, Mesake Koroduadua says winds began to pick up in Nuku’alofa at around 6pm yesterday.

Koroduadua says that he now hopes those who have lost their homes after the devastation of Cyclone Gita will receive assistance in a timely manner.

Radio NZ reports that disaster assessment teams in Tonga say water, shelter and food are the immediate needs for people still reeling from the destruction brought by Tropical Cyclone Gita overnight.

Radio NZ is reporting that there are unconfirmed reports of two deaths.

The roof of the Tonga Weather Office in Tongatapu has been ripped off with equipment affected and offices evacuated.

The national radio station is also off air.

Many landmark buildings in the Nuku'alofa have been severely damaged.

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