Tonga: Concerns over ashes after tsunami

Now volcanic ash has become the biggest concern in the Pacific island of Tonga.

Tonga: Concerns over ashes after tsunami
Concerns over ashes after tsunami

After the eruption of the volcano and the arrival of the tsunami, now volcanic ash has become the biggest concern in the Pacific island of Tonga. The ash has the potential to pollute drinking water and most people do not know that this ash is poisonous. Tonga has been isolated from the rest of the world after a volcanic eruption and tsunami. The island is covered with a sheet of ash. Air Australia and New Zealand have sent surveillance planes to assess the damage. Australia's Pacific Minister Jade Seselja said that initial reports did not indicate a large number of casualties, but Australian police who visited the coast reported significant damage. The police saw "houses lying here and there". "We know there has been a lot of damage, especially to the resorts," he told an Australian radio channel.

Surveillance vehicles will take stock of the situation in those distant islands where the communication system is completely broken. Tonga's deputy mission chief in Australia, Curtis Tuihalanzinji, said Tonga's government was setting aid priorities and appealing to the world for patience at this time. Tonga is also concerned about the spread of Kovid-19 in the middle of providing help. The island is still free from Kovid. "We don't want to call another wave of COVID-19 a tsunami," Tuihalanzinji said, adding that "people want to help when they see such a huge explosion" but Tonga's diplomats need to collect donations.