A resurgent Tropical Cyclone Harold flattened tourist resorts in Tonga Thursday, extending a week-long trail of destruction across four South Pacific island nations that has claimed more than two dozen lives.
Tonga’s prime minister Akilisi Pohiva died in an Auckland hospital after years of ill health, New Zealand officials said Thursday, hailing the 78-year-old as a democratic pioneer in the Pacific kingdom.
Britain has announced a diplomatic expansion in the Pacific, with new posts to open in Samoa, Tonga, and the re-opening of the High Commission in Vanuatu.
Tonga’s government has banned girls from participating in rugby and boxing.
Tonga’s neighbours scrambled to deliver emergency relief on after Cyclone Gita.
The Pacific nation of Tonga braces for destructive winds and potential flash flooding from Tropical Cyclone Gita.