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Natural disasters

New Zealand supplies to reach tsunami-hit Tonga on Friday

Navy ships carry first relief supplies to disaster-struck island nation

The government of COVID-free Tonga has approved the arrival of the HMNZS Wellington and HMNZS Aotearoa, though concerns about a potential coronavirus outbreak are likely to complicate relief efforts.   © Reuters

Two New Zealand navy vessels carrying disaster relief will arrive in Tonga on Friday, the first international supplies to reach the Pacific island nation reeling from a volcanic eruption and tsunami.

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