Member's Homes Damaged in Tongan Cyclone
NUKU'ALOFA, TONGA -- A cyclone that hit the island kingdom of Tonga
Monday and Tuesday last week has damaged the homes of some members,
but left all members and LDS missionaries safe, reports the
Associated Press. But while 60 to 70 percent of buildings in the
affected areas were destroyed or damaged, The Church of Jesus Christ
of Latter-day Saints reports that none of its church buildings have
The storm, which tore through the country's northern islands with
winds topping more than 105 miles per hour, led officials to call for
international aid. In addition to buildings, food crops were
destroyed, boats and ships were sunk and wharves were ripped apart.
The LDS Church reports that it has already sent emergency relief
supplies from Vava'u to Nuku'alofa and will determine what future
relief is necessary. The Church counts some 46,000 members in Tonga.
Tonga seeks aid after cyclone rips through islands
Deseret News 3Jan02 N2