TONGA TAPU, TONGA
Officials are still trying to establish the extent of the damage caused to all of Tonga's 169 island in the south Pacific by cyclone Isaac last week.
TONGA TAPU, TONGA
1. AV Town destroyed by cyclone, damaged houses (2 shots) 0.22
2. GV TRACKING SHOT Damaged houses, power lines down (2 shots) 0.32
3. SV Belongings laid out, householders moving possessions (2 shots) 0.38
4. SV Homes destroyed, damaged houses (2 shots) 0.47
5. CU Woman speaking about ordeal 1.06
6. AV Flooded and damaged homes, wharf, sunset (3 shots) 1.27
TRANSCRIPT: AMERICAN WOMAN (SEQ 5): "We had to escape through a living room window, on two mattresses and the waves took us there and we went down and stayed in that two-storey place over there, Cathy and myself."
REPORTER: "So you actually floated out..."
AMERICAN WOMAN: "We floated...we floated..."
REPORTER: "You and your girlfriend?"
AMERICAN WOMAN: "Yes right."
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Background: TONGA TAPU, TONGA
Officials are still trying to establish the extent of the damage caused to all of Tonga's 169 island in the south Pacific by cyclone Isaac last week. As Australian and New Zealand aid pours in the islands residents are still recovering from the shock. Schools, churches and many houses on the main island of Tonga Tapu have been destroyed or damaged, and hundreds of people left without shelter. Four of the five people believed to have been killed in the cyclone, lived on this island. Two of them were babies swept from their father's arms by huge waves that moved houses from their foundations. A woman and child apparently drowned in their own back yard. Two American girls working with the Peace Corps huddled in their house in fear. Australian Air Force helicopters are on their way to outer islands to examine damage there.
Source: ATN SEVEN, AUSTRALIA