New aerial photos of Tonga tsunami devastation show 'catastrophic' damage with many areas flattened: Aid planes cannot land on ash-covered runway which will take days to clear

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New Zealand and Australian air force planes have circled Tonga, revealing new images of islands' devastation Villages are shown covered in ash, with whole towns swept away sparking fears of 'more deaths' and injuriesPlanes cannot land because main airport runway is blanketed with ash, and will take until Wednesday to clearDeath toll from disaster currently stands at one but communications networks are down and aid agencies say smaller islands have been out of contact for days, meaning toll is likely to rise when rescuers reach them

New aerial images and satellite photos have begun to reveal the extent of the devastation inflicted on Tonga after a once-in-a-millennia volcanic eruption and tsunami rocked the islands at the weekend. 

New Zealand air force planes circled above the Pacific isles on Monday and returned with ‘alarming’ images that showed whole villages swept away on Mango island, where a distress beacon had been detected hours earlier.

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The pictures also revealed numerous buildings missing on nearby Atata island, Tongan diplomat Curtis Tu’ihalangingie said, warning there may be ‘more deaths’ once rescue crews have been able to land.

Currently, the official death toll from the disaster stands at one – 50-year-old British charity worker Angela Glover, who was found dead on the main island of Tongatapu – but communications have been sparse with internet connections down, as aid workers warn that many of the smaller islands have been out of contact for days.

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It may be several more days until a clear picture emerges, with aid planes currently unable to land at Tonga’s main airport Fua’amotu because the runway has been blanketed in thick ash. Workers are clearing it by hand, which will take until at least Wednesday to complete. Getting rescuers to the smaller outlying islands will take longer still. 

New Zealand and Australian air force planes have circled Tonga, as the true scale of devastation caused to the islands slowly emerges. Pictured above is one of the smaller islands, which appears grey because it is blanketed in ash

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New Zealand and Australian air force planes have circled Tonga, as the true scale of devastation caused to the islands slowly emerges. Pictured above is one of the smaller islands, which appears grey because it is blanketed in ash

An image taken from a military reconnaissance plane shows a Tongan village inundated with ash, while the beach shows signs of water damage where tsunami waves washed ashore following a huge volcanic eruption at the weekend

An image taken from a military reconnaissance plane shows a Tongan village inundated with ash, while the beach shows signs of water damage where tsunami waves washed ashore following a huge volcanic eruption at the weekend

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Satellite images reveal how the village of Kanokupolu, on the main island of Tongatapu, was completely washed away in a tsunami which struck after a volcanic eruption late Saturday

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Satellite images reveal damage caused by the eruption and tsunami at Tonga’s main port in the capital Nuku’alofa, which is now blanketed in ash with many buildings damaged or destroyed

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Satellite images of Niutoua, a village on Tonga’s main island of Tongatapu, show how it has been completely destroyed with all buildings washed away during a tsunami triggered by the eruption

Buildings and trees on the island of Nomuka, Tonga, are seen covered in ash in an image which first appears to have been taken in black and white but is in fact in colour

Buildings and trees on the island of Nomuka, Tonga, are seen covered in ash in an image which first appears to have been taken in black and white but is in fact in colour

Australia’s Minister for the Pacific Zed Seselja said Tongan officials were hoping to evacuate people from the isolated, low-lying Ha’apai islands group and other outer islands where conditions were ‘very tough, we understand, with many houses being destroyed in the tsunami.’

The United Nations had earlier reported a distress signal was detected in Ha’apai, where Mango is located. The Tongan navy reported the area was hit by waves estimated to be 5-10 metres (15-30 feet) high, said the U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).

Atata and Mango are between between 30 and 40 miles from the Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha’apai volcano, which exploded on Saturday evening in a blast that was heard 1,400 miles away in New Zealand, threw a plume of ash into the atmosphere, and sent tsunami waves rippling across the Pacific. 

Atata has a population of about 100 people and Mango around 50 people. ‘It is very alarming to see the wave possibly went through Atata from one end to the other,’ said Tu’ihalangingie.

The NZDF images, which were posted unofficially on a Facebook site and confirmed by Tu’ihalangingie, also showed tarpaulins being used as shelter on Mango island. 

A thick layer of ash blankets the islands, the New Zealand High Commission said, adding it was working to establish communications with smaller islands ‘as a matter of priority’.

The archipelago’s main airport, Fua’amotu International Airport, was not damaged in Saturday’s eruption and tsunami but heavy ashfall is preventing full operations, hampering international relief efforts.

The U.N. humanitarian office said Tongan officials had said that clearing the runway would take days as it was being done manually, by Wednesday at the earliest.

Buildings are seen covered in ash with water damage visible along the coastline of a Tongan island in this image taken from a New Zealand air force reconnaissance plane

Buildings are seen covered in ash with water damage visible along the coastline of a Tongan island in this image taken from a New Zealand air force reconnaissance plane

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Satellite images show a district of the Tongan capital Nuku’alofa before and after the eruption, with the buildings and trees turning grey after being blanketed in volcanic ash

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Satellite images taken of the peak of the Hunga-Tonga volcano show how it was all-but destroyed in the explosive eruption late on Saturday, with only one piece left visible above the ocean

Aid flights cannot land at Tonga's main airport because the runway is currently inundated with ash, with officials saying it take until at least Wednesday for workers to clear it by hand

Aid flights cannot land at Tonga’s main airport because the runway is currently inundated with ash, with officials saying it take until at least Wednesday for workers to clear it by hand

People on the western coast of the main island of Tongatapu had been evacuated because of ‘significant damage’, OCHA added in an update, while government ministers had broadcast warnings on radio against price gouging amid worries of supply shortages.

The Tongan government is expected to formally request aid from countries including Australia and New Zealand tomorrow. Both antipodean nations have C-130 military aircraft on standby, packed with emergency supplies.

‘The priority now will to be get supplies to Tonga and the biggest constraint on that at the moment … is the airport. There is still a significant amount of ash,’ Seselja said.

Tonga is a kingdom of 176 islands, of which 36 are inhabited, with a population of 104,494 people.

The archipelago has remained largely cut off from the world since the eruption which cut its main undersea communications cable.

Subcom, a U.S. based private company contracted to repair various subsea cables in the Asia-Pacific, said it was working with Tonga Cable Ltd to repair the cable that runs from Tonga to Fiji.

Samiuela Fonua, the chair of Tonga Cable, said there were two cuts in the undersea cable that would not be fixed until volcanic activity ceased, allowing repair crews access.

‘The condition of the site is still pretty messy at the moment,’ Fonua told the Australian Broadcasting Corp.

The island of Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha’apai, which sits on the seismically active Pacific Ring of Fire, all but disappeared following the blast, according to satellite images taken about 12 hours later, making it difficult for volcanologists to monitor activity.

An image of Tonga's main port taken by an Australian military plane shows stacks of shipping containers have been bowled over by a tsunami wave which swept across the island

An image of Tonga’s main port taken by an Australian military plane shows stacks of shipping containers have been bowled over by a tsunami wave which swept across the island

Ash is seen covering buildings on O'Ua Island, Tonga, after a devastating underwater volcanic eruption struck the region and triggered a 4ft tsunami

Ash is seen covering buildings on O’Ua Island, Tonga, after a devastating underwater volcanic eruption struck the region and triggered a 4ft tsunami

Damaged buildings are pictured on Uiha Island, Tonga, in an image taken from an Australian military plane as rescuers try to plan their response to the disaster

Damaged buildings are pictured on Uiha Island, Tonga, in an image taken from an Australian military plane as rescuers try to plan their response to the disaster

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