Digicel data network warning for Tonga

Digicel Regional CEO – Pacific, Ms. Shally Jannif said; “Two links out of three between our Suva Data Center and the Fintel landing station maybe affected by Category 5 Cyclone Yasa. This may disrupte all data services in Tonga as this is where our core systems for these services are located.”

Data network in Tonga for 2G / 3G and LTE services maybe impacted. 

Local and International calls & SMS will not be affected. ICT services for Dedicated Internet through WIMAX, P2P or P2MP will also not be affected.

TC Zazu moves away from Tonga, no major damage on Vava’u

Pacific Journalist who is based in Nuku’alofa, Iliesa Tora says he is glad that no one took the warnings lightly and they had the urgency to keep safe.

“The cyclone is moving away. But everyone was on alert and prepared, from government down to the people.”

The kingdom was being hit by Cyclone Zazu yesterday, with winds gusting up to 120 kilometre an hour.

Cyclone Zazu, has moved away from the Tongan islands of Vava'u towards the ocean between Tonga and Niue.

Tonga hit by Cyclone Zazu as second system strengthens

The category one storm is passing by the islands of Vava'u bringing destructive storm force winds, thunderstorms and high seas.

Cyclone Zazu is moving south-southeast and is expected to lie around 60 kilometres south of Neiafu, Vava'u at 3pm this afternoon

The storm is expected to strengthen into a category two system as it moves away from Tonga.


Photo Tonga Meteorological Services  


NZ immigration gives green light to seven Tongans stranded in India

Local media has reported that there are 8,000 Tongans stuck overseas due to Covid-19 border restrictions, including 13 Tongans who travelled to India for medical treatment.

Chief Executive Dr Siale 'Akau'ola said he was pleased with the news as it had not been an easy process arranging repatriations for Tongans who were abroad.

Cyclone Zazu unleashes heavy rain in northern Tonga

The storm - a category one - is near the Vava'u islands, where gale force winds and heavy rain had already been recorded, although there were no initial reports of damage.

Forecasters said the centre of the storm would be about 50 kilometres south southwest of Neiafu Vava'u at 7 am.

Sakeasi Waibuta, a cyclone forecaster at the Fiji Meteorological Service said Zazu was expected to keep strengthening as it moved southeast.

"It's a very small system at the moment but by the looks of it, it will intensify to a category two cyclone from early Wednesday," he said.

Tonga and Fiji set for inclement weather as first cyclone of season forms

Cyclone Yasa is currently a Category One storm with at least 65 kilometre an hour winds but was expected to strengthen to a Category Four system with more than 160 kilometre winds by Wednesday.

Sakeasi Waibuta from Fiji's Met Service said the storm was gathering intensity in the waters between Fiji and Vanuatu.

He said it bore a remarkable resemblance to April's deadly Cyclone Harold.

Tropical low north of Tonga’s Vava’u islands forecast to turn into cyclone

The system is then forecast to move in a south-easterly direction and be well clear of Tonga by Wednesday.

A Tropical Depression 03F was located 130km north-east of Neiafu, Vava’u, 190km south of Niuatoputapu and 430km north north-east of Nuku’alofa at 6am today.

The system is moving south south-west at about 10 knots (20km’hr).

TD03F is expected to move southwestwards towards the Vava’u group today.

Associated strong to gale force winds, cloudy conditions and periods of heavy rain and thunderstorms will affect the whole group today.

157 Tongan passengers from Fiji last repatriation for 2020

The passengers will spend 14 days in quarantine at the Tanoa Hotel International Dateline Hotel in Nuku’alofa and Makeke Camp in Vaini.

Members of the public are prohibited from entering both properties except essential Tanoa Hotel and Makeke Camp employees, emergency officers, medical emergency officers, and authorized officers.

Vuna Road and Tupoulahi Road will also be blocked in the vicinity of the Tanoa Hotel during the quarantine period.

Tonga hands over its Second Nationally Determined Contribution to the Paris Agreement

The submission of Tonga’s Second NDC is well in line with the Paris Agreement’s requirement for Parties to communicate their updated or new NDCs by 2020.

Nationally Determined Contribution or NDC are actions that Parties to the Paris Agreement plan to undertake to address climate change.

A statement said a party’s contributions to address climate change is ‘nationally determined’ according to its national circumstances and priorities.

Tonga's Ministry of Agriculture frustrated with watermelon shipment cancellation

On 4 December, New Zealand's Ministry for Primary Industries issued a temporary approval permit, lifting a ban on Tonga's watermelons that was put in place two months ago after fruit fly larvae was detected at the borders.

The first 10 consignments of melons was scheduled to leave Tonga for New Zealand on 5 December.

However, the trucking companies that were organised by the ministry to transport the melons to the wharf in Tongatapu did not arrive.