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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.

Hundreds of homes in Tonga's smaller outer islands have been destroyed, and at least three people have died, after Saturday's devastating eruption which the government called "an unprecedented disaster".

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