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Tonga volcano relief efforts face challenges: UN******
This handout photo taken on January 17, 2022, and received on January 18 from the New Zealand Defence Force shows a view from a P-3K2 Orion aircraft of an area covered in volcanic ash in Tonga, after the eruption of the Hunga-Tonga - Hunga-Haa'pai volcano on January 15.。
Relief efforts following the Tonga volcano eruption face the challenge of severed communications, falling ash closing the major airport and strict anti-COVID measures, UN officials said on Tuesday.。
They said the casualty toll remained at three dead and an unknown number of people injured.。
"Needs assessments by the Tongan authorities are ongoing and should provide a better estimate of what is required of the international community," said Stephane Dujarric, the chief spokesman for UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres. "We are on standby with teams and emergency supplies, and stocks in Tonga are being readied for distribution once humanitarian needs are identified."
"Our staff there are working to assist coordination and response efforts in-country," he told a regular press briefing. There are 23 UN workers in Tonga – 22 local hires and one international staffer.。
In a video conference, Jonathan Veitch, the UN acting resident and humanitarian coordinator for Fiji, the Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu and Vanuatu, spelled out challenges following Saturday's eruption.。
Communications within the 36 inhabited of the nation's 169 islands were limited to satellite phones, as was the capital Nuku'alofa and between Tonga and the outside world.。
The major submarine communications cable was severed, cutting voice, video and Internet services. Still, Veitch said, "I'm able to send basic messages by SMS (Small Message Service –text) to our colleagues through satellite systems, and we hope that soon phones will be back up and running."
While the natural choice for humanitarians is to fly in relief, Veitch said the Nuku'alofa airport remained closed because workers were unable to finish clearing ashfall. He said ships sailing from Australia and New Zealand would take six to eight days to arrive in a Tonga port.。
He also said there is a question of just how the authorities would handle people coming to Tonga when it has extremely strict protocols against COVID-19. No cases have been reported in the nation. Authorities are keen to keep the country COVID-free, especially in light of past Pacific island populations wiped out by rampant disease.。
While there are no casualties among the 23 UN workers, there are an unknown number of injuries on outlying islands, Veitch said.。
He said damage reports from those islands are coming in slowly. The coordinator said it is possible that damage on the outlying islands may not be as severe since they are further from the volcaNo. The eruption occurred only 65 km from the main island of Tongatapu, home of the capital.。
"We are concerned about the water situation," Veitch said. "I haven't heard that people have run out of water which would be obviously an emergency situation. Of course we have heard that shops are running out of food and also there has been quite a lot of ... mass purchasing as always happens in these circumstances, including of water and of food supplies too."
Technicians are examining a desalination plant on the main island to see if it is ready to go back online. The expected ships carry water, food, emergency supplies and even desalination plants.。
The sooner, the better to get the supplies, the coordinator said. "It is urgent."
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Sildaru makes strong comeback, Ruud rules men's slopestyle at Stubai world cup******
STUBAI, Nov. 20 (Xinhua) -- Estonian talent Kelly Sildaru was unstoppable despite a broken thumb, winning the season's slopestyle World Cup opener with a big margin of eight points here on Saturday.。
Meanwhile, in excellent weather conditions at the well-known Stubai skiing resort in western Austria, Norwegian riders were the biggest winners in the men's competition as Birk Ruud pocketed the gold with his compatriot Ferdinand Dahl finishing the third.。
After being absent from any event since spraining her ACL while training at last season's X Games, 2018 Stubai champion Sildaru produced a strong comeback, putting down two superb runs in the final with either of which would have been enough to secure her the title.。
"I feel amazing," said Sildaru after her victory. "The last few years haven't been easy for me, so to take the win while competing with a broken hand is great. I'm just so stoked, so happy."
Since China's Eileen Gu withdrew from the competition after a fall in training, four-time X Games champion Sildaru was seen as the biggest title favorite of the event.。
On her second run in the final, the 19-year-old started off strong through the jump line with a switch left 1080 mute followed by a switch right 900 tail, and then stepped things up on the rails with a right 270 on to pretzel 270 out, left 270 on to continuing 270 out, a switch on to pretzel 270 out, and finally a right front 270 on to finish things off with a score of 88.68.。
It was also Sildaru's first slopestyle world cup win since the 2018-2019 season. Next for the Estonian will be the big air event in Steamboat, United States, where she is very likely to face Gu to have their first encounter in the Olympic season.。
Olympic champions Sarah Hoefflin won the silver to earn a second-straight podium finish to open the 2021-2022 season, after the Swiss veteran also ranked second at the big air event in Chur, Switzerland four weeks ago.。
The third place went to Norway's Johanne Killi as Swiss athlete Mathilde Gremaud, the leader in the qualification, crashed in her second run and was airlifted from the course.。
The medical screening suggested that the injuries are not serious.。
On the men's side, 2014 Youth Olympic champion Ruud wrapped up the gold with an almost flawless first run which collected 87.60 points.。
The two-time X Games big air winner started off with a switch left double 1620 mute in his first run, followed by a right double 14 safety before beginning his rail line off with a left 270 lipslide continuing 450 out, right 450 disaster to forward, a switch on backslide and finally a heavy switch left 450 disaster.。
"I am very happy about my performance. I am very happy about the weather, and to be here and to win the first world cup slopestyle for this season is amazing. And I just prepare to continue to win the season and ski my best," the 21-year-old said.。
It was only Ruud's second world cup victory in slopestyle with the previous was in the 2019-2020 season in Seiseralm, Italy.。
Canada's Max Moffatt finished second with 86.26. Last year's third-place finisher Dahl again made onto the podium for the second-straight year with 86.06 points, only 0.2 points behind Moffatt. Enditem。
Tokyo TV station breaks practice with a news flash about Ukraine crisis******
Japan's TV TOKYO departed from its common practice of "sticking to a scheduled playlist no matter what the breaking news is" by interrupting a movie on air on Thursday afternoon with a news flash on the ongoing tensions in Ukraine.
Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday authorized "a special military operation" in the Donbass region, and Ukraine confirmed that military targets across the country were under attack.
TV TOKYO airs a news flash on the tensions in Ukraine on Thursday.
Chinese netizens said on Weibo, China's equivalent of Twitter, that the rare move was breaking news itself, indicating "something severe is happening."
The privately owned TV TOKYO, established in 1964, is also known as Teleto and is one of the major Tokyo television stations, particularly specializing in anime.
There's a saying in Japan: "It is not that serious as long as TV TOKYO is broadcasting anime."
A TV screenshot collage shows TV TOKYO airing anime as usual while other stations broadcast breaking news on an earthquake in Japan's Iwate Prefecture.
on March 11, 2011, TV TOKYO launched an "emergency" broadcast eight minutes after NHK released a news flash when northeastern Japan was struck by a 9.0-magnitude earthquake and ensuing tsunami.
The TV station resumed airing of animation on the morning of March 13, making it Japan's first TV station to do so.