TC Gita: Tonga declares state of emergency

Update: 2:04PM TONGA’S acting Prime Minister Semisi Sika has declared a state of emergency for the kingdom as they prepare for Tropical Cyclone Gita, which this morning has developed into a category 5 cyclone.

In a statement issued today, Mr Sika said pursuant to section 32 of the Emergency Management Act 2007, the Tongan PM was satisfied that an emergency was happening or was about to happen in the kingdom, attributed to the destructive force winds and sea rises caused by TC Gita.

Tongan people have been advised to prepare for the cyclone in order to prevent and minimise the loss of human life, illnesses or injury, property loss or damage, and damage to the environment.

Mr Sika declared a state of emergency in all land and sea areas of the whole of Tonga commencing from 10am today, and is expected to be lifted at 10am on March 12.

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