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Sent on Mormon-News: 07Jan02
By Kent Larsen
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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 been affected.

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
Associated Press


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