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Aid flight lands in Tonga; phones partially restored as airport reopens

The explosion of the Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha'apai volcano on Saturday killed at least three people, sent tsunami waves rolling across the archipelago.

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The explosion of the Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha'apai volcano on Saturday killed at least three people.

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An aid flight from New Zealand carrying humanitarian supplies arrived in Tonga on Thursday, five days after the South Pacific island nation was hit by a volcanic eruption and tsunami that devastated communities and spoiled most of its drinking water.

A Royal New Zealand Air Force C-130 Hercules had landed in Tonga's Fua'amotu International Airport, a defence spokesperson said, after a blanket of volcanic ash was finally cleared off the runway.

An Australian Globemaster military transport aircraft is also due to arrive. "The aircraft is carrying humanitarian aid and disaster relief supplies, including water containers, kits for temporary shelters, generators, hygiene and

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First Published: Jan 20 2022 | 10:00 AM IST

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