Winds of more than 230km/h recorded as parliament building flattened and power lines brought down
The islands of Tonga in the South Pacific have been devastated by Tropical Cyclone Gita with winds of 230km/h flattening parts of Parliament House and causing significant damage and injuries across the kingdom.
Gita hit Tonga around 8pm on Monday night and peaked between 11pm and 2am, slamming on to the south coast of the main island of Tongatapu, bringing down electricity lines, smashing churches and levelling fruit trees and crops vital to the island’s livelihood.
Cyclone is now moving away from . It is the strongest cyclone to pass so close to the main islands of Tonga in the modern record (at least 60 years).
A hopeless feeling waking up to aftermath of Cyclone Gita in from abroad . To our loved ones back home we stand beside you as Tonga rebuilds & recovers. Image below is what used to be Tonga’s Parliament House ❤️
damages from Nuku'alofa