Disaster in Tonga

August 12th, 2009

Tongan flagThe sinking of a ferry last week in Tonga is a tragedy for the small country.

With only 121,000 inhabitants, Tonga is quite small. Ninety-five people died on the ferry, nearly all of them Tongans — nearly 1 in every 1,000 people in the country. In the US, this would be the equivalent of about 300,000 people.

The ferry was traveling from the capital to Ha’afeva in the Nomuka Group. These small islands are likely to be particularly devastated, as they seem to have a tiny population, perhaps even less than 1,000 people.

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