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Australia : Tropical Cyclone Gita.

Tropical Cyclone Gita has caused severe damage in the Pacific. It made landfall in Tonga during the night of Monday 12 February as a destructive category 4 storm, causing severe damage to the capital Nuku'alofa.

Almost 1500 homes have been partially destroyed and close to 300 have been destroyed. Over 4500 people are currently displaced in evacuation centres.

The cyclone also hit Samoa on Saturday 10 February as a category 2 storm. Both governments have declared a state of emergency.

Our thoughts are with the people of Tonga and Samoa. Australian officials are in contact with the Government of Tonga and the Government of Samoa to provide support in the aftermath of the cyclone.

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Publication:Mena Report
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Date:Feb 21, 2018
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