Cyclone damage in Tonga estimated at more than $14-million

Report
from Australian Broadcasting Corporation
Published on 24 Mar 1997
Tonga's National Disaster Committee says Cyclone Hina caused more than 14 million dollars damage.

Hina hit the country last week -- causing damage to buildings, crops and infrastructure.

Preliminary reports from around the country say that medicine, food and shelter are urgently needed.

The Disaster Committee is studying the reports -- and may decide to seek aid from overseas.

But Tonga's director of Agriculture -- Haniteli Fa'anunu -- says farmers should immediately begin re-planting crops damaged by the cyclone, and not rely on aid.

He says food shortages will develop if farmers wait for aid before re-planting.

=A9 1996 Australian Broadcasting Corporation
Mon Mar 24 16:00:01 1997 ( AEDT )

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