Hundreds of emergency callouts during overnight storm

22 February, 2018, 01:11 | Author: Kim Reid
  • Gita making landfall in South Island

India has contributed United States dollars one million for the rehabilitation efforts in Tonga after the Tropical Cyclone Gita caused massive destruction in the Pacific island nation.

Medical supplies have been picked up in Nelson and flown to Golden Bay in the helicopter that's taking two cabinet ministers around parts of the upper South Island hit by former cyclone Gita.

Flights have been cancelled around the country this afternoon.

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The official MetService weather bureau said the storm had moved out to sea south of Christchurch by mid-morning today. Residents in low-lying areas of been urged to evacuate.

"We would like to acknowledge the generous capital contributions made by the governments of Germany, Japan, the United Kingdom and the United States of America who have made this result possible, and the World Bank for their role in supporting the overall PCRAFI Programme".

Several places declared an emergency as the storm hit, although most were spared major damage.

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"My message still to people is please look out for your local warnings and expect disruption to travel and please just be careful", she told reporters at parliament. Average temperatures for the summer have already been recorded at 2.4 degrees Celsius above the norm.

According to Matangi, Tonga's leading news website, the supplies flown in from Fiji on Wednesday included tents to be used as temporary classrooms, teaching and learning supplies such as early childhood development kits, school-in-a-box, recreation kits, and backpacks for affected students.

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