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Rappler's latest stories on Tonga


Pacific clean-up after homes 'blown to smithereens' by superstorm

Apr 14, 2020 - 4:00 PM

The cyclone careens through the South Pacific, peaking as a Category Five superstorm that gouged a trail of destruction across the Solomon Islands, Vanuatu, Fiji and Tonga

TROPICAL CYCLONE HAROLD. This handout photo taken and released by the Tonga Police on April 9, 2020 shows damage to a tourist resort caused by Tropical Cyclone Harold in the Hihifo coastal area. Handout photo by Tonga Police/AFP

Samoa rejects China Pacific debt forgiveness call

Aug 20, 2018 - 6:12 PM

Samoan Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi says asking for aid loans to be forgiven painted an 'unfaithful picture' of the recipient nation

REJECTING. Samoa's Prime Minister Tuilaepa Aiono Sailele Malielegaoi addresses the closing press conference of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM), at Marlborough House in London on April 20, 2018. File photo by Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, February 14, 2018

Feb 14, 2018 - 1:20 PM

Hello! Here's a roundup of news you need to know this Wednesday.

#EveryWoman for Leila de Lima launch at the Senate on February 14, 2018. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Aid reaches cyclone-hit Tonga as storm passes Fiji

Feb 14, 2018 - 9:55 AM

International aid begins trickling in to areas of Tonga devastated by Cyclone Gita, as Fiji escapes the worst of the storm's fury

DESTROYED. This handout photo taken and received from John Pulu from Tagata Pasifika on February 13, 2018 shows flooding and damage in Tonga's capital of Nuku'alofa after Cyclone Gita hit the country. John Pulu / Tagata Pasifika/AFP

Magnitude 6.1 earthquake strikes off Tonga

Oct 09, 2017 - 12:25 AM

The US Geological Survey (USGS) says the quake struck 154 kilometers northwest of the village of Pangai

Quake-prone Pacific nations hold joint tsunami drills

Feb 15, 2017 - 6:22 PM

Civil defense offices will rehearse the relaying of tsunami warnings for large quakes off the coasts of Chile and Peru Colombia and Ecuador the Philippines the Solomon Islands Tonga and Vanuatu

DRILL. In this file photo, teachers evacuate children to higher ground during an earthquake and tsunami drill in Valparaiso, some 120 km west of Santiago, on November 3, 2016. Martin Bernetti/AFP

German liner rescues 6 from sinking Tongan boat

Feb 04, 2017 - 2:21 PM

Their fishing boat had been taking on water and was unlikely to remain afloat for more than 24 hours The crew had also run out of drinking water They had been in a truly life threatening situation

Greased-up Tongan flag bearer at Rio Olympics turns to Winter Games

Dec 07, 2016 - 3:48 PM

Tonga s muscle bound Rio Olympics flag bearer who went viral a few months ago is now switching to cross country skiing to compete at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang South Korea

Tonga's flagbearer Pita Nikolas Taufatofua leads his delegation during the opening ceremony of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Maracana stadium in Rio de Janeiro on August 5, 2016. File Photo by OLIVIER MORIN / AFP

Only 1 in 5 Pacific homes have electricity – World Bank

Aug 04, 2016 - 11:27 AM

Only 20 of Pacific Island households have access to electricity – and the cost is among the highest in the world

Tongan volcano creates new island – officials

Jan 16, 2015 - 2:12 PM

It said the volcano is erupting from two vents one on the uninhabited island of Hunga Ha apai and the other underwater about 100 meters offshore

VOLCANO MAKES ISLAND. This picture taken on March 19, 2009 shows an aerial photo of ash rising into the air from an undersea volcanic eruption, part of the uninbabited islet of Hunga Ha'apai, 63 kilometers (39 miles) northwest of the Tongan capital Nuku'alofa. File photo by Telusa Fotu/Matangi Tonga/AFP

Slow progress on Pacific women's rights – forum

Mar 08, 2014 - 1:19 PM

In 2013 a research released by WHO says 68 of women in areas of the Pacific reported suffering physical or sexual abuse from their partner

Tonga cleans up after devastating cyclone

Jan 13, 2014 - 4:06 PM

Communications with the stricken island group are re established confirming extensive damage in the area

DESTRUCTION IN TONGA. This handout photograph provided by the Royal New Zealand Air Force (RNZAF) shows the destruction caused by a major cyclone on Foa Island in Tonga on January 12, 2014. RNZAF/AFP

One dead, widespread destruction in Tonga cyclone

Jan 12, 2014 - 8:24 AM

2nd UPDATE The full extent of the destruction began to emerge after communications were partially restored a day after Tonga s first category 5 cyclone struck early Saturday

Powerful Cyclone Ian hits Tonga

Jan 11, 2014 - 12:02 PM

A state of emergency is declared in parts of Tonga as powerful Cyclone Ian slammed into the South Pacific island nation

Tonga braces as powerful cyclone approaches

Jan 10, 2014 - 9:25 PM

Tonga s National Emergency Operations Committee advised people to stock up on enough food and water to last for 3 days