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Blackouts, flooding in Tonga cyclone

AFP-Jiji NUKU’ALOFA (AFP-Jiji) — Nuku’alofa awoke to scenes of devastation Tuesday after the most powerful cyclone ever recorded in the Tongan capital tore roofs off buildings, downed powerlines and caused extensive flooding, prompting a state of emergency in the tiny Pacific nation.

Veteran disaster management officials were shocked at the fury of Severe Cyclone Gita as it unleashed 230 kph winds on Tonga’s most populous island Tongatapu.

Historic wooden buildings in the heart of Nuku’alofa, including parts of Tonga’s parliament, were reduced to matchsticks as the tempest hit overnight.Speech

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