The 100-year-old parliament building in the Pacific nation of Tonga was destroyed by cyclone Gita, the worst storm to hit the country in more than 60 years, on Tuesday.
Gita, a category four storm, battered the island overnight and caused widespread damage, reports the BBC.
Electricity lines were downed and roofs were torn off houses by the high winds.
The government declared a state of emergency before the storm hit, and set up evacuation centres where thousands of people stayed overnight.
"The wind was terrifying.
Gita is expected to intensify into a category five storm - the highest level - on Tuesday as it moves towards Fiji.
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