Atata Island

Clean up operations begin on Atata island

Recent photos from Australian Defence Force on the ground show the extent of destruction in Atata, much of which was flattened by the tsunami.

ADF troops have been helping with recovery, air lifting in equipment, felling dangerous trees and clearing debris across the island.

Fijian forces joined the relief effort in Tonga last week after a strict COVID-19 isolation period in Australia.

The World Bank estimates the overall damage costs to be more than $125 million, nearly 20 per cent of Tonga’s GDP.