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Natural disasters

Drinking water, ash big concerns in tsunami-hit Tonga

Visiting Australian police report significant damage with 'houses thrown around'

A plume rises over Tonga when the underwater volcano Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha'apai erupts in this satellite image taken by Himawari-8, a Japanese weather satellite operated by the Japan Meteorological Agency.   © Reuters

SYDNEY/WELLINGTON (Reuters) -- Australia and New Zealand sent surveillance flights on Monday to assess damage in Tonga, isolated from the rest of the world after the eruption of a volcano that triggered a tsunami and blanketed the Pacific island with ash.

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