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

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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