UN registers 84,000 affected in Tonga after volcanic eruption | News

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The United Nations Organization (UN) registered this Wednesday 84,000 affected and three deceased in Tonga, which represents 80 percent of the population, after the eruption of the Hunga-Tonga volcano, which caused a tsunami on January 15.

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As a consequence of the strong disturbances of the sea caused by the tsunami, the submarine cable that generates the telephone and Internet connections about 35 kilometers from the island broke down; for which the Polynesian country will be incommunicado for at least four more weeks.

The UN spokesman, Stéphane Dujarric, indicated that there are still missing persons in the nation, at the same time he stressed the need to support the affected nation with supplies of drinking water, healthy and sufficient food.

“An unprecedented disaster hit Tonga, all the houses on Mango Island, where 36 people live, were destroyed; Only two houses remain on Fonoifua Island and extensive damage was reported on Nomuka Island, home to 239 people,” said Tongan Prime Minister Siaosi Sovaleni.

On the other hand, the multilateral organization warned that humanitarian assistance is difficult in the regions of Tonga affected by the tsunami, mainly due to logistical challenges and the biosecurity measures decreed on the island, which hinder the sending of personnel.

It should be noted that the UN has 23 officials in Tonga, of which 22 are native to the region and only one is foreign; all currently mobilized in the main rescue and sanitation missions in the Polynesian nation after the disastrous consequences of the volcano and the tsunami.

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