Recovery Efforts Underway in Tonga After Volcano Eruption

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A wider picture is beginning to emerge of the destruction caused by the eruption of an undersea volcano near the Pacific island nation of Tonga. U.N. humanitarian officials report that about 84,000 people — more than 80% of Tonga’s population — have been impacted by the blast. At least three people are confirmed dead. Dozens of homes have been damaged or destroyed.

Quicktake spoke with Vivienne Euini, New Zealand Red Cross General Manager for International Programs, about the challenges of providing relief and delivering aid. Plus, a conversation with Tongan Olympic flag-bearer Pita Taufatofua about his efforts to raise funds for his home nation.

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