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Tonga parliament building flattened by Cyclone Gita

Sun Online Desk     13th February, 2018 01:50:05 printer

Tonga parliament building flattened by Cyclone Gita

 

The parliament building in the Pacific country of Tonga has been destroyed by the worst storm to hit the country in more than 60 years.

 

Cyclone Gita, a category four storm, battered the island overnight and caused widespread damage.

 

Electricity lines were downed and roofs were torn off houses by the high winds.

 

The government declared a state of emergency before the storm hit, and set up evacuation centres where thousands of people stayed overnight.

 

The UK Met Office said the storm - which brought winds of more than 200km/h (124mph) - was the strongest to hit the main islands of Tonga since modern records began.

 

Tonga is made up of more than 170 islands, and is located in the Pacific Ocean east of Fiji and north of New Zealand.

 

Tonga's parliament building is more than 100 years old. It is not yet clear where MPs will sit while it is being repaired.

 

Gita is expected to intensify into a category five storm - the highest level - on Tuesday as it moves towards Fiji.

 

But experts predict it will miss the country's most densely populated areas, reports BBC.


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