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January 21, 2022

Tonga Relief Efforts Hampered by Ash Deposits

Volcanic Eruption Douses Airfields with Thick, Volcanic Effluvium

New Zealand Rescue and relief efforts for Tonga's volcano-affected areas have been hampered by ash-covered landing zones, leading to difficulties in making deliveries and repairing communications throughout the region. As of January 19th, a World Health Organization representative has said the Fua'amotu International Airport in Nuku'alofa has been cleared for operation once again. Extensive damage throughout the islands have led authorities to believe internet connectivity will not be restored to the region for at least a month, as the primary tap for Tonga was severed. 

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