The most powerful cyclone ever to slam into the South Pacific tourist destination of Tonga has destroyed villages, flattened trees and left at least one person dead, officials said Sunday.
One Dead, Widespread Destruction In Tonga Cyclone
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January 12, 2014

Via AFP:

The most powerful cyclone ever to slam into the South Pacific tourist destination of Tonga has destroyed villages, flattened trees and left at least one person dead, officials said Sunday.

Up to 70 percent of houses and buildings in the central Ha'apai islands group, which is home to about 8,000 people and bore the brunt of Cyclone Ian, were damaged or destroyed.

The Tongan government declared a state of emergency in the Ha'apai region after it was pounded by winds in excess of 105 knots (200 kilometres per hour) which whipped up mountainous seas around coastal villages.

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