17 Feb 2012

Cyclone aftermath still felt in Tonga

5:54 pm on 17 February 2012

Parts of Tonga'a main island, Tongatapu, remain under water more than two days after Cyclone Jasmine passed close by.

The category one storm brought winds of up to 50 knots and substantial rain which flooded dozens of houses, leaving hundreds to seek emergency shelter.

Our correspondent, Mateni Tapueluelu, says most business activities have returned to normal but large low lying areas on the main island are still flooded.

"And you have residents gathering in town halls and church halls, simply because they can't go home. Their houses are still flooded. Now I have been visiting some of these houses and if you stand in the middle of the house the water is halfway to your knee. So it is still a concern for them and a few days perhaps before they return to their homes."