28 Sep 2012

Tsunami-hit Tonga family's home destroyed in tornado

5:49 pm on 28 September 2012

A family that fled to Tonga's main island Tongatapu after the devastating tsunami hit the northern island of Nuiatoputapu three years ago had its house destroyed by a tornado on Wednesday.

The house in the village of Makaunga was wrecked but no one was hurt.

Radio Tonga says the family is now living in tents provided by the Red Cross.

The town officer, Siosifa Lamipeti, says the tornado also damaged five power poles affecting supply for about 24 hours.

He says there was minor damage to four other houses.