Via ReliefWeb, OCHA has published Flash Update - Tonga | Tropical Cyclone Ian, 12 January 2014. Excerpt:
The majority of damage is on the northeast islands of the Ha’apai group, including Uiha, Uoleva, Lifuka, Foa, Ha’ano and Mo’unga’one. There has been one confirmed death and significant damage to homes, infrastructure and vegetation. Small buildings and dwellings have either been heavily damaged or destroyed, with many people remaining in evacuation shelters.
Despite significant damage to the administrative capital, Pangai, larger churches and the school are in mostly good condition. The town centre of Uiha is majorly damaged and the village has large areas of flooding. Mo’unga’one appears to have suffered the greatest damage due to its many small and lightweight structures with few buildings standing.
Communications and infrastructure have been heavily impacted, including a large communication facility and tower in Pangai. All communication to Ha’apai has been down since last night, with authorities reliant on satellite phones.
Pangai port and a number of wharves are damaged, as well as the airport tower and terminal. Main roads are blocked and power lines are down. The police station is largely damaged, however the hospital is mainly intact.
Vava’u does not appear as badly impacted as Ha’apai. Some assessments have been undertaken, however information flows have been hampered by communication outages.
New Zealand has made available NZ$50,000 (US$42,000) to support immediate response efforts. A number of faith-based groups and non-governmental organizations, including Caritas and Oxfam, are preparing to send staff to support the response.
Main telecommunication provider, Digicel, chartered a flight to Ha’apai this afternoon to transport technical personnel and equipment, in addition to relief supplies from Red Cross and a church group. Technicians are working to restore internet and mobile phone services.
Tonga Red Cross Society (TRCS) is working closely with the Government on joint assessments of affected areas. Non-food item supplies are being accessed, including water containers, shelter materials, kitchen and hygiene kits. IFRC has confirmed they will send support staff from their regional office.