A tsunami has killed at least four people in the island nation of Tonga after a volcanic eruption. Several were injured.
The country’s navy and medical aid workers are scrambling to provide relief and other assistance in the wake of widespread damage in the Mango, Fanoifua and Namuka islands.
The evacuation of the affected people from the most affected small islands to the Hapai Islands has begun.
Meanwhile, the United States, New Zealand, Australia and China have announced that they will send emergency aid to Tonga. New Zealand’s acting High Commissioner to Tonga, Peter Lund, has said that Tongans will have to face a challenge to make up for the island nation’s massive losses. However, the extent of the damage has not yet been determined as communication is completely cut off in the South Ocean island country.
Tsunami damage is being reported in satellite data as well as reports of surveillance aircraft from New Zealand and Australia. The body of a British woman who went missing after the disaster has been recovered.
Tonga has more than 160 islands. The population of the country is about 1 lakh. However, the Red Cross said that the damage was not as great as expected.
Tonga erupted underwater last Friday, local time. Neighboring countries have also suffered casualties.