Tonga volcano eruption: More than 100 people still living in temporary shelters after homes destroyed by tsunami

It is a year since a violent volcanic eruption in Tonga that we now know was the largest recorded in modern history.

Dozens of families on the islands of Atata and Mango fled as a tsunami surged over their homes and left the islands uninhabitable.

Many are now resettled in newly built houses. But there are still more than 100 people living in temporary shelters.

Previously an island paradise, this was Atata in the days after the eruption. Trees uprooted, a tide mark of debris left after the monster waves receded. Those who lived here were forced to flee, given refuge at temporary shelters.

Like Lose Finau, who filmed a video of the surging sea before she realised it meant a tsunami was coming. Her recollection of what came next is vivid.

"The waves were coming into the house, the wave had crashed through and damaged the door, where I was with the little girl," she said.

The little girl she mentions is the eight-year-old daughter of the manager of the now-broken resort on Atata.

It was in the roof cavity of the now-deserted building that she clung with the child after they ran there between the crashing waves.

"Everything was completely dark, we couldn't see anything else, the only thing we felt was the crashing of the waves and the ash falling. And then, we felt the house starting to move," Finau said.

Terrified, they could only wait.

"The only thing we did was stay together, because we knew we were at the lowest point and every other resident on the island has already gone to higher ground."

Thirty-one families - more than 100 people - were relocated to a church hall after the tsunami wiped out their homes on Atata.

Most have been resettled near the village of Masilamea on the main island of Tongatapu.

"They are in their houses now, in previous years with disasters it takes three years or so to build back," Deputy Prime Minister Samiu Vaipulu said.

Finau and her aunty are among the 12 families who still live here waiting to hear where their new home will be.

But although her whole life is bundled into two bags next to where she sleeps, Finau says she feels loved and taken care of by her community. A sentiment echoed by those who responded to the eruption's catastrophic aftermath.

"The Tongan people and the Tongan community are very resilient and are having the courage to look after each other," Deputy Police Commissioner Tevita Vailea said.

Atata is just across the lagoon from where its community now lives .But it is far from the home they once knew.