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Where least one person has been killed and more fatalities are expected after a volcano erupted on the white island it’s 50 kilometers of the North Island the island is uninhabited but is a popular tourist destination

JACINDA ARDEN SAID.

(PRIME MINISTER OF NEW ZEALAND) 

 

 

Fewer than 50 people were thought to be in the area at the time of the eruption

23 were evacuated to safety the whereabouts of those still on the island are unknown authorities say the volcano on the white island is the country’s most active.

JOHN TIME SAID.

(NATIONAL OPERATIONAL COMMANDER DEPUTY COMMISSIONER) 

 

Thoughts are with the families today firstly we initially believed that there were a hundred people on or near the island we now know that there is fewer than 50 some of these people have been transported to shore however there is a number still remaining on the island who are currently unaccounted for I can confirm there’s a one fatality and based on information we have is likely to be more a number of injured people have been transported to walk a tiny Hospital in middle wall hospital emergency services are working to ensure the safety of everyone involved including risky stuff we are working at a place to confirm the numbers of those involved at this stage it is too dangerous for police and rescue services to go to the island however we continue to assist the conditions which would allow us to go on to the Isle Island the island is currently covered in ash and volcanic material we are taking expert advice with regards to the safety of any rescue attempt we will provide more details as they come to hand

JACINDA ARDEN SAID.

(PRIME MINISTER OF NEW ZEALAND) 

 

I will be traveling to the area this evening alongside the Minister for Civil Defence Minister Penny Chenery our focus is to ensure that police and the National Emergency Management Agency have all of the resources they need the National Emergency Management Agency is leading the response and an active police search-and-rescue operation is underway in this moment in time the absolute focus needs to be the search-and-rescue operation and that’s something that we want to allow the police with the best evidence and information available to be able to focus on that look there will be a time and a place to undertake further assessments now we have to focus on allowing the police to do their job.

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