This is the devastating aftermath in Tonga's 170 islands after the tsunami triggered by Saturday's volcanic eruption.In response, a rugby star from
This is the devastating aftermath in Tonga’s 170 islands after the tsunami triggered by Saturday’s volcanic eruption.
In response, a rugby star from Bristol Bears has set up a fundraising mission.
The parents of former All Black Charles Piutau, 30, were born in Tonga and he has cousins, uncles and aunts living there.
Charles said: “I haven’t been able to hear from them. At first, seeing the videos on social media, I almost thought it was an atomic bomb.
Knowing how flat Tonga is, and some of the houses are not the strongest, I was just hoping that everyone would be safe.
“But I know that the will be struggling a lot.”
Rescue efforts have been hit by a communications blackout. It is thought least three islands have levelled and three people have died, including British charity worker Angela Glover, 50. The main priority for survivors is clean water.
The Tonga appeal is at gofundme.com. Search for Charles Piutau.