200 homes suffer damages from TC Winston

​More than 200 homes in Tonga’s Vava'u Island suffered damages from Tropical Cyclone Winston.

This was confirmed to Radio Tonga News by the Director of the National Emergency Management Office, Leveni 'Aho after a government team completed its initial assessment of the island on Saturday.

The assessment found minor structural damages to some of the schools, Prince Ngu hospital and two causeways. 

Severe damage was inflicted on fruit trees such as breadfruits, bananas and coconuts.

More than 2,000 people were sheltered in town and district halls across the island during the cyclone.

The government is working closely with donor partners to assist the people of Vava'u.

The government assessment team was led by the Minister of Health Dr Saia Piukala and Minister of Public Enterprises Poasi Tei. Also accompanying the team were the High Commissioners of Australia and New Zealand.