Thousands still without power as Tonga picks up the pieces after destructive Cyclone Gita

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Thousands of Tonga residents face a long wait for power and other services to be restored after a cyclone tore through the Pacific nation this week.

The storm also pounded Fiji's southernmost islands.
Source: 1 NEWS

More details emerged today about the damage caused by Cyclone Gita after it hit the main island Monday night just south of the capital, Nuku'alofa.

The cyclone destroyed homes, churches and even the nation's historic Parliament House.

Pacific correspondent Ms Dreaver was sheltering on the floor during Cyclone Gita before it got flooded.
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Tongan police said three people had suffered major injuries and another 30 suffered minor injuries.

Police said an officer had been injured while trying to help a family evacuate and remained in stable condition in a local hospital.

Most of the main island remains without power.

Jane Foster said Oxfam is still waiting for contact to be re-established with two of Fiji's southern Lau islands, after the edge of Gita brushed them yesterday.
Source: Breakfast

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