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Tonga Needs Over $90 Million to Start Repairs From Volcano

In this photo provided by the Australian Defence Force, Australian Defence Force and Department of Foreign Affairs & Trade crisis response team personnel make a damage assessment operation in Nuku'alofa, on Atata island in Tonga,  following the eruption of underwater volcano, on Feb. 4, 2022. (CPL Robert Whitmore/Australian Defence Force via AP)
In this photo provided by the Australian Defence Force, Australian Defence Force and Department of Foreign Affairs & Trade crisis response team personnel make a damage assessment operation in Nuku'alofa, on Atata island in Tonga, following the eruption of underwater volcano, on Feb. 4, 2022. (CPL Robert Whitmore/Australian Defence Force via AP)

United Nations (AP) -- A month after an undersea volcanic eruption and ensuing tsunami lashed Tonga, a U.N. official said Wednesday that 80% of the Pacific island nation’s 105,000 people were affected and the country needs over $90 million to start repairing damage and restoring its key farming and fishing sectors.

Sanaka Samarasinha, the U.N. resident coordinator for Tonga, said during a virtual news conference from neighboring Fiji that “the anxiety hasn’t gone away with the receding waters of the tsunami.”