TONGA DECLARED STATE OF EMERGENCY

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Tonga’s Prime Minister Akilisi Pohiva has declared a state of emergency  for Vava’u and Ha’apai, currently being hit by Cyclone Ula.
The announcement was made in the early hours of this morning as Cyclone Ula, a category three, bore down on the island group.
Vava’u is expected to feel the force of destructive winds with gusts that could reach 200km an hour this morning as Cyclone Ula passes 40km north of the island.
The Tonga Meteorological Service is advising Cyclone Ula has the potential to cause major property damage, significant infrastructure and crop damage, local power failure and injuries from a category three cyclone.

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