The first relief planes arrived in Tonga

The first relief planes arrived in Tonga on Thursday after a volcanic eruption and tsunami hit the island’s main runway from volcanic ash. Telephone contact with the country has also been restored, news agencies have reported. The Pacific island nation, with a population of 105,000, has not experienced a major volcanic eruption for thirty years, followed by a tsunami on Saturday. Three of them have lost their lives, a great many buildings have been destroyed and there is no clean drinking water on site. The United Nations says at least 80 percent of the population, about 84,000 people, will be severely affected by the disaster.

New Zealand Air Force C-130 Hercules First to Land at Fua’amotu International Airport

A spokesman for the New Zealand Army said.

Aid packages for Tonga will be loaded onto the Royal Australian Air Force C-17A Globemaster III cargo aircraft at Amberley Air Base on 20 January 2022. Photo: MTI / AP / Australian Defense Forces / Kate Czerny

According to Reuters, the Australian Air Force’s C-17 transport aircraft arrived afterwards. Australian Defense Secretary Peter Dutton said in a statement that the Tongan authorities were working tirelessly to clear the runway. The Australian machine brought seawater distillery, tents, camp kitchens and, for a more thorough cleaning of the runway, a cleaning machine to the island. Another Australian plane will arrive on Thursday with additional aid, and Chinese President Xi Jinping has said Beijing is ready to provide as much support as it can.

The New Zealand machine delivered humanitarian and disaster relief aid, camp equipment, generators and telecommunications equipment

New Zealand Foreign Minister Nanaia Mahuta said in Wellington.

There are also two boats from New Zealand, one already on Friday with 250,000 liters of drinking water and a seawater distillery capable of producing 70,000 liters of drinking water a day. Australia will also launch a boat on Friday. A local reporter told Reuters that although there is enough water, it is undrinkable due to high pollution. Marian Gate added that in the coming weeks, it is not the lack of food but the lack of clean drinking water that could cause serious problems for the population. Australia’s High Representative for Tonga said the material damage was invaluable.

All along the west coast, which had beautiful resorts and many houses, now resembles a lunar landscape. The most important thing now is to provide drinking water

He declared.

Although the telephone connection was restored on Wednesday, it will take at least a month to set up the Internet connection, the owner of the submarine cable that provides the World Wide Web connection said. Tonga’s most important communications cable has been damaged in two places under the sea, but a Caribbean-based telecom operator has begun setting up a 2G interim network so that most of the time it is possible to make phone calls and send sms.

The beach at Ventanilla Cavero in Peru has been polluted with oil following the eruption of the submarine Hunga-Tonga-Hunga-Ha’apai volcano near Tonga in the South Pacific. MTI / AP / Martin MejiaPhoto: Martin Mejia / MTI / AP

Experts have pointed out that tsunamis are likely to cause much more severe damage due to climate change, and storms will be bigger. In addition to destroying huge waves, seawater can contaminate arable land to such an extent that it cannot be used for years.

Cover image: In an image released by the Australian Defense Forces (Army), aid packages destined for Tonga are loaded onto the Royal Australian Air Force C-17A Globemaster III cargo aircraft at Amberley Air Base on 20 January 2022. (Photo: MTI / AP / Australian Defense Forces / Kate Czerny)


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