TAHITIAN EXPERTS GOING TO HELP TONGA IN AFTERMATH OF CYCLONE WAKA

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PAPE‘ETE, Tahiti, French Polynesia (January 11, 2002 - Tahitipresse/PINA Nius Online)---The government of French Polynesia is assisting cyclone-ravaged northern Tonga.

A Tahitian team of three experts and technicians, including a housing expert, will leave for Vava‘u to participate in the relief effort.

Cyclone Waka, with winds up to 150 miles per hour, totally destroyed at least 330 houses and six schools and damaged another 600 houses and 16 schools in Tonga's northern islands.

The Tahitians will join American Samoa, Australia, France New Zealand and other countries in providing assistance.

For additional reports from Tahiti Press, go to PACIFIC ISLANDS REPORT News/Information Links: Other News Sources: Agence Tahitienne de Presse.

Pacific Islands News Association (PINA) Website: http://www.pinanius.org 

 

NEW ZEALAND FLIES IN HELP TO NORTHERN TONGA

AUCKLAND, New Zealand (January 12, 2002 – New Zealand Herald/PINA Niue Online)---A Royal New Zealand Air Force Hercules transported (US) $297,000 worth of emergency relief supplies to cyclone-struck Tonga Saturday, the New Zealand Herald reported.

The aircraft delivered tarpaulins, medical supplies, emergency lighting, cooking equipment and seeds to replace destroyed crops to Vava‘u.

Cyclone Waka struck the northern islands of the kingdom New Year's Eve with winds up to 150 miles per hour. Nearly 1,000 homes were destroyed.

For additional reports from The New Zealand Herald, go to PACIFIC ISLANDS REPORT News/Information Links: Newspapers/ New Zealand Herald.

Pacific Islands News Association (PINA) Website: http://www.pinanius.org 

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