Tropical Cyclone Gita has caused widespread damage in Samoa, American Samoa and Tonga from 10-13 February. Winds topped 230 km per hour by the time the Category 4 storm hit Tonga.
Tongan authorities estimate 70% of Tongatapu and 'Eua are affected. In the capital, Nuku'alofa power and water are out. Roads are blocked by fallen trees and debris. Many homes are badly damaged or collapsed. Food crops are down. Parliament House has collapsed. Flooding is slowly receding.
Already people have begun salvaging what they can. Crews are working to clear roads to better assess the situation and reach those in urgent need of help.
In American Samoa and Samoa, the local people are cleaning up the damaged areas. The cyclone is intensifying and will hit Fiji's Ono-i-lau, in the Lau Group about 7pm 13 February. CWS is preparing to help.
Once phone lines have been restored, we are expecting an update from our partner Tonga Community Development Trust and local churches.
With your help, we will find the best way to help some of the many affected families.
Thanks to Solomone Savelio, Virgine Dourlet, Tutu on the beach and John Pulu for the images related to the appeal.