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‘Pray for Tonga’: Indian sand artist creates tribute to tsunami

 Indian artist Sudarsan Pattnaik on Wednesday (January 19) asked the world to “pray for Tonga” with a sand sculpture depicting the destruction suffered by inhabitants of the tsunami-hit archipelago.

Hundreds of homes in Tonga’s smaller outer islands were destroyed and at least three people were killed, after a huge volcanic eruption on Saturday (January 15) triggered tsunami waves that rolled over the islands, home to 105,000 people.

“In this situation, we all together must stand with Tonga,” Pattnaik said next to his work on the beach of Puri in eastern India.

The Hung Tonga-Hunga Ha’apai volcano erupted about 40 miles (65 km) from the Tongan capital with a blast heard 2,300 km (1,400 miles) away in New Zealand, and sent tsunamis across the Pacific Ocean. 

(Production: Kristian Brunse)

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