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Curfew from 9pm tonight within the Nuku’alofa CBD area

The Post Office building is all packed down. Photo: NUKU'ALOFA TIMES

NUKU’ALOFA-February 12, 2018: 4.25pm (Nuku’alofa Times): Tonga Police have announced that a curfew will be in force from 9pm tonight until 7am tomorrow morning in Nuku’alofa as Tropical Cyclone Gita continues to move towards the capital.

Police Commissioner Stephen Caldwell has made the announcement following the declaration of the state of emergency by the Acting Prime Minister, Hon. Semisi Sika.

“As a further precaution a curfew in the Central Business District area of Nuku’alofa starting from 9:00pm tonight until 7:00am tomorrow morning Tuesday 13 February 2018 (Public Order Act, Section 8) has been declared,” Commissioner Caldwell said.

“This is to further protect people and property, and we ask for public understanding and common sense to be used at this time.”

That means no one is allowed to enter the Nuku’alofa Central Business area unless you’re part of Tropical Cyclone Gita’s Emergency Response Team.

Those who live within the CBD area are being urged to stay indoors, or get to an Evacuation Centre as soon as possible.

“We are urging people to seek refuge from this severe cyclone that could be the most powerful in the country’s history,” Commissioner Caldwell said.

Police Patrols will be joined by His Majesty’s Armed Forces for full coverage of Tongatapu to ensure Community awareness, public safety and to evacuate as necessary.

Key Safety Messages to the public;

 Keep yourself and your family safe

 Keep off the road  Stay at home if it’s safe

 Get to an Evacuation Centre as soon as possible with food and water

 Keep away from the Coastline

 Make sure you have water, food, candles, torches

 Medical kit if you have them

 Charged cell phones for Emergency

 Keep indoors away from flying debris

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