Vava'u residents in Tonga grateful Winston veered away

The Office of the Governor in Vava'u in Tonga said locals were thankful that the impact of Cyclone Winston there was not as great as had been feared.

The storm came close to Vava'u twice last week before increasing in intensity and hitting Fiji.

Masina Talakai said teams were out compiling a full report on the damage to homes and crops.

Earlier assessments said 10 houses had been destroyed with 200 more left damaged.

Ms Talakai pointed out that everyone in Vava'u was quick to help clean up the damage once Winston passed.

"Well the people here are so thankful and I think it's the Lord that saved Tonga from this cyclone and they are not that badly affected."


Radio New Zealand International