Photos of damaged houses in Tonga show force of tsunami waves

By and is republished with permission.New photos of damage to houses in Tonga’s capital Nukuʻalofa show the force behind the tsunami waves from Saturday’s large eruption of Hunga-Tonga-Hunga-Ha’apai.

A window in one Nuka'alofa house forced out of its frame by the tsunami.

The photos from Broadcomfm on Facebook show the window of one house has been forced out of its frame.

Its white front fence lies in tatters behind safety mesh.

A house's roof is touching the ground in Nuka'alofa.

Next door, a large part of a house has been flattened, its roof touching the ground of the debris-tossed lawn.

Other photos show walls toppled and what appears to be a market littered with debris, mud and volcanic ash.

A dolphin fountain in Nuka'alofa appears to be covered in volcanic ash or silt.

Authorities have confirmed three people were killed in Saturday’s events — two Tongans and a British national.

Video shows Tongans out and about in Nuku’alofa days after tsunami

British woman Angela Glover was swept away by the tsunami after she and her husband, James, went to rescue their dogs.

From the street the Nuka'alofa house looks crooked.

Although power has been restored in Tonga, it will take at least four weeks for the Kingdom’s only submarine cable to be repaired.

People have finally been able to get through to relatives in Tonga by phone after Digicel set up an interim system on Tongatapu. The connection is “limited and patchy”, however.

A debris-strewn market in Nuka'alofa.

Relief supplies are being distributed across the Kingdom as volcanic ash has contaminated water supplies.


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