‘It’s excruciating’: brother of UK woman swept away in Tonga tsunami waits for news
The Guardian says The brother of a British woman who was swept away from the coast of Tonga by the tsunami on Saturday and is still missing, has told the Guardian he has grave fears for her safety.
“What are we, 48 hours later? I don’t think this is going to have a happy ending,” an emotional Nick Eleini said.
So far, no casualties in Tonga – which has a population of just over 100,000 – have been confirmed. Though there are unconfirmed reports that three people were swept away by the waves, and that two have so far been found.
The impact of the tsunami, and the resulting ash cloud that has blanketed the islands, is feared to be enormous, with NGOs warning of contaminated drinking water, seawater ruining crops, as well as damage to homes and infrastructure.
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